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James Harden has a cringe-worthy terrible defense lowlight video

James HardenFew will dispute that James Harden is one of the most explosive and talented offensive guards in the NBA, but we also acknowledge that he leaves a lot to be desired defensively. To cement that point, someone created a defensive lowlights video featuring some of Harden’s worst defensive moments from the season.

In nearly every clip, you see Harden just completely losing his man on defense, which allows the opponent to get an easy bucket. Either that, or he’s just making a casual defensive stop attempt. It’s like bro, put a little effort in on the defensive end. I mean even if it’s just for show.

Yikes. As great as Harden is on the offensive end, his defense is so bad it really keeps him from being a complete overall player.

Also see: Evolution of James Harden’s beard in pictures

H/T Next Impulse Sports

James Harden complains about money costing him friends, family

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Think it’s all fun and games when you’re making $15 million a year? Well, it’s not. Just ask Houston Rockets star James Harden, who took to Instagram on Friday to share some emotional thoughts about money.

“Money is a powerful thing,” Harden wrote alongside the photo you see above. “Losing family and friends over it. I didn’t sign up for this.”

Most people don’t want to hear athletes complaining about money, but this is a real issue. Family and friends come crawling out of the woodwork looking for handouts, and some even alienate you because you refuse to give them money for no reason. Harden isn’t the only professional athlete who feels that way.

Evan Turner, James Harden get into it (Video)

Evan Turner and James Harden got up close and personal with each other during Friday night’s Indiana Pacers-Houston Rockets game over a bit of nonsense. Things only calmed down after the referees separated the two. It also helped when David West stepped in to make everyone back down.

The incident occurred in the third quarter with Houston up 73-50 on Indiana. Turner got a steal and was quickly fouled, which prevented him from having an easy transition basket. Still, Turner continued to head toward the basket anyway for fun, but Harden got in his way to keep him from putting in a layup.

That led to Turner pushing Harden, Harden stepping to Turner, and the two going nose-to-nose with each other. Double-technicals were handed out for the incident.

You think they were just talking about setting up belated Valentine’s Day plans?

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James Harden wears cowboy hat to game after attending rodeo

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Attending a Houston rodeo on Thursday got James Harden in a cowboy mood, because the Rockets guard showed up to his team’s game on Friday wearing that great cowboy outfit.

And if you think that picture is good, you’ll love this one, which is infinitely better:

Photo via Twitter/Rockets

Dwyane Wade flops big time after James Harden fakes him out (GIF)

Dwyane Wade James HardenDwyane Wade was beat by James Harden during Tuesday night’s Houston Rockets-Miami Heat game, so he reached into his bag of dirty tricks to bail himself out.

After Harden caught him with a fake and got past him, Wade pretended like he was hit by a flailing Harden arm and went down for the count. I’m pretty sure this was at the end of the first half and Harden was called for an offensive foul on the play. Hopefully the NBA will review the play and hit Wade with a flopping fine.

And come on, Wade, what’s up with that? Did you see Mario Chalmers pulling any of that crap when Harden just abused him off the dribble on this play?

Maybe Wade learned the move from LeBron, a known flopper who says “any way you can get an advantage.

GIF via @_MarcusD_

James Harden rubs his beard on Trevor Ariza (Video)

Trevor Ariza James HardenNow this is just plain weird. After the Houston Rockets beat the Washington Wizards on a last-second layup by James Harden Wednesday night, Harden appeared to wipe his beard on Ariza’s chest.

Was Harden doing that in a disrespectful manner? Was that his answer to Ariza talking some trash after the game? That’s my guess. Harden sort of flopped on Ariza to draw a foul with four seconds left and then made a free throw to pull the Rockets within one. That game-changing call meant Harden could drive to the rim for a two instead of heaving a three for the win.

Whatever the motivation, yuck. I’m sure that beard’s full of cobwebs, bread crumbs and bits of candy, not to mention all the sweat from just playing a full game. Nice James, real nice.

H/T Michael Lee

James Harden’s strep throat so bad he struggled to drink water

James HardenJames Harden has been playing for the Houston Rockets despite being ill.

The Rockets guard scored 31 points in a surprising Game 5 win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, which was extremely impressive considering he was sick and later diagnosed with strep throat.

Harden still played in Game 6 despite the illness.

During Game 6, ESPN’s Holly Rowe reported that Harden’s throat was so bad during Game 5 that he had difficulty drinking water during timeouts. Rowe says Harden had to spray his throat with Chloraseptic to numb it before drinking water. Harden also had an IV at the hospital on Thursday.

Harden still played plenty of minutes and was Houston’s top scorer in the first half of Game 6.

He’s not exactly going to be remembered like Michael Jordan was for the “flu game,” but Harden’s effort is pretty impressive nonetheless.