#James Harden

.Atlanta, GA, USA
The annual matchup will be played in the home arena of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo Credit: Twitter @NBAAllStar)

  • Additional COVID-19 safety protocols have been estabilished for the event
  • Skill events like the Dunk contest and 3-point shootout have been planned around the game
  • LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounpo and James Harden have criticised the staging because of the pandemic

.Los Angeles, CA, USA
Lebron James set the pace for Western Conference forwards. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • James surged into the lead in worldwide voting totals with 4,369,553 to 4,234,433 for Durant
  • James is averaging 25.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists a game for the Lakers
  • While Durant is averaging 29.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists a contest

.Brooklyn, NY, USA
Kevin Durant missed three games last month due to COVID-19 contact tracing. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@BrooklynNets)

  • The Nets listed Durant as out due to NBA health and safety protocols
  • It raised questions about just how long the NBA's number two scorer will have to sit out
  • He missed three games last month due to COVID-19 contact tracing

.New York, NY, USA
James Harden became the first player in history to record a 30-point triple double in their debut for a new club. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@brooklynnets)

  • Brooklyn Nets beat Orlando Magic 122-115
  • Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points
  • James Harden finished with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds

.Brooklyn, NY, USA
The Brooklyn Nets Guard said he was excited for a 'new start'. (Photo: Instagram/@jharden13)

  • Harden had said after a loss to Los Angeles Lakers that the Houston Rockets were 'just not good enough'
  • Teammate DeMarcus Cousins marked Harden's comments as 'disrespectful'
  • A day after the comment, Harden was traded off to the Brooklyn Nets

.Brooklyn, NY, USA
James Harden joined Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster trade.(Photo Credit: Twitter/@nicekicks)

  • The eight-time All-Star stunned the NBA this week after completing a move to the Nets
  • Harden cautioned though that his arrival was no guarantee of a title
  • Nets coach Steve Nash is confident the the Durant-Irving-Harden axis can flourish

.Brooklyn, NY, USA
Harden was signed by the Nets, less than 24 hours after he expressed deep unhappiness with the Rockets in public. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ Brooklyn Nets)

  • 'James is one of the most prolific scorers and playmakers in our game,' Sean Marks said
  • The Nets will offload centre Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince to Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Caris LeVert and Rodions Kurucs will be sent to Houston Rockets

Giannis Antetokounmpo ran rampant in the first half in Milwaukee, scoring 30 of the Bucks' 67 points in the half. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Bucks)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo connected on 17 out of 24 shots from the field, scoring a brace of three-pointers
  • Dallas Mavericks' Luka Donic recorded his first triple-double of the season
  • The Philadelphia 76ers improved their league-leading record to 6-1 with a 118-101 victory over Charlotte Hornets

.Philadelphia, PA, USA
Daryl Morey is in trouble again for another social media posting. (Photo credit: Twitter/Daryl Morey)

  • The NBA said it has issued Morey a $50,000 fine for violating the league's anti-tampering rule
  • The penalty was imposed for a social media post Morey made on December 20 regarding James Harden
  • In October 2019, Morey sent tweets supportive of protests in Hong Kong, leading to a China backlash