Houston Rockets star guard James Harden has withdrawn from playing for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup in China, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Harden has informed coach Gregg Popovich that he won’t be participating, according to the report. The event runs Aug. 31-Sept. 15.
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Harden is electing to focus on the Rockets and plans to use the time to adapt to playing with new backcourt mate Russell Westbrook.
Harden is the second NBA star to pull out in recent days. Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis reportedly withdrew last week.
Indiana - Pacers - Help - Wake - Darren
–The Indiana Pacers added more guard help in the wake of Darren Collison’s recent retirement, signing a one-year, $4.8 million deal with free-agent guard Justin Holiday.
The move unites Holiday with brother Aaron, who figures to see his responsibilities at point guard increase in his second NBA season. The two are also brothers of veteran New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday.
Justin - Holiday - Points - Rebounds - Games
Justin Holiday, 30, averaged 10.5 points and had 3.9 rebounds in 82 games (77 starts) for the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies last season. The Bulls traded him to Memphis in January.
–Former Duke and WNBA player Lindsey Harding has been hired...
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