Harden coaching in Celebrity game

Harden coaching in Celebrity game
February 7, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Houston mayor excited for NBA All-Star game

James Harden will be coaching against his former Thunder teammate, Russell Westbrook, in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

The game will take place on Friday, February 15, at the George R. Brown Convention Center during NBA All-Star Jam Session.

Rosters will include Kevin Hart ("Real Husbands of Hollywood"), Ne-Yo, Nick Cannon, Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Trey Songz, Usain Bolt, Arne Duncan (Secretary of Education), Terrence Jenkins (E! News anchor), Common, John Schriffen (ABC News Correspondent), Ryen Russillo, Dikembe Mutombo, Clyde Drexler, Sean Elliott, Bruce Bowen, Maya Moore, and Tamika Catchings. Queen Latifah and Samantha Harris (TV host) will be assistant coaches.

“In those games, you have fun because the celebrities are pretty good, but as an old guy who's getting older and uglier every day, what you try to do is just try not to get hurt,” Drexler joked.

Rosters are subject to change.

Harden spent his first three seasons of his NBA career as Westbrook's teammate with the Thunder. Together, the two made it to the NBA Finals a year ago and also made a viral Foot Locker commercial where Westbrook squirted mustard into Harden's beard.

Before this season began, Harden was traded to the Rockets in a blockbuster deal that saw Houston also acquire Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward, and Daequan Cook for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and draft picks.

Harden's currently fifth in the league in scoring at 25.8 points a game. He also averages 5.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds and was selected as an All-Star reserve for the February 17 game at the Toyota Center.