McHale on Harden being an All-Star
James Harden will represent the Rockets in the All-Star Game when the city hosts NBA All-Star Weekend in mid-February.
"Definitely an honor just to be named an All Star for my first time," Harden said. "Obviously it’s a great individual accomplishment. Credit to my teammates and my coaching staff for putting me in a position to be successful.
"It definitely means a lot to me because it’s my first year as a leader and as a head guy on a team in Houston. So it definitely means a lot more. It’s overwhelming right now, but it’s a great feeling. Just to be my first time in no other city but Houston. It means a lot I’ll be hosting. I’ll be on the front page of it."
(Your teammates and coaches said it would have been a travesty if you had not been named an All-Star. What does that mean to you?)
"It shows the support I have from my teammates and my coaches. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t been in this position now. I thank them a lot for having my back. I definitely have their back."
The reserves for each conference were named on Thursday evening. Last Thursday, both Harden and Jeremy Lin just missed out on getting voted into the Western Conference starting lineup, but now, at least one Rocket will be represented for the host city.
Harden ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 25.8 points a game. He also averages 5.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and averages 10 free throw attempts a game.
"It hasn’t hit me yet," Harden said. "I’m sure when that weekend comes and I put on that All Star jersey it will hit me."
This is Harden's first trip to the All-Star Game. He's the first Rocket to make the All-Star Game since Yao Ming was voted a starter in 2011 (he didn't play due to injury). Yao was the last Rocket to play in an All-Star Game in 2009.
All-Star weekend kicks off with events starting on February 14 and then gets capped off with the All-Star Game itself at the Toyota Center on February 17.
WESTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES
James Harden - Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder
Tony Parker - San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland Trail Blazers
David Lee - Golden State Warriors
Zach Randolph - Memphis Grizzlies
Chris Bosh - Miami Heat
Paul George - Indiana Pacers
Tyson Chandler - New York Knicks
Joakim Noah - Chicago Bulls
Luol Deng - Chicago Bulls
Jrue Holiday - Philadelphia 76ers
Kyrie Irving - Cleveland Cavaliers