OKC Thunder notebook: Former OKC star James Harden to start for injured Kobe Bryant

Thunder coach Scott Brooks was charged with selecting a replacement for Bryant, and he turned to Harden.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 14, 2014
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photo - Houston Rockets James Harden, right, dances with Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant during the Rising Star NBA All Star Challenge Basketball game, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Houston Rockets James Harden, right, dances with Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant during the Rising Star NBA All Star Challenge Basketball game, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“I just want to go out there and have fun,” Durant said. “I want to play one-on-one with somebody on Sunday for a few minutes, but we'll see how that goes.”

Sager then followed up by asking “would that somebody be LeBron?”

“Probably, yeah,” Durant said.

DURANT'S MOUNT RUSHMORE

Ever since LeBron opened up about the four NBA players he'd have on a fictitious Mount Rushmore, the topic has turned into a national debate, with anybody who's anybody asking and answering the same question.

Who would Durant choose?

He said on Friday that his four would be Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“It's tough to name four guys from this league,” Durant told TNT later when asked about the subject again Friday night. “Past or present, it's hard to name just four guys. There are some great players that deserve to be on there that might get left off. That's up for debate for anybody.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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