As coach of the West All-Stars, Thunder coach Scott Brooks was charged with selecting a replacement starter for injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in Sunday night's All-Star Game.
He settled on former Thunder guard James Harden, now with Houston.
Harden, who came off the bench in each of his three seasons with the Thunder, couldn't help take a joking dig at Brooks.
“I told Scotty that I came off the bench for three years in OKC, so it was time to make it right,” Harden told TNT in a courtside interview during Friday's BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
DURANT ANTICIPATING LEBRON MATCHUP
Kevin Durant and LeBron James are being talked about in the same conversations more and more as the two continue to take their games to new heights.
They're being compared, analyzed and labeled as chief rivals.
And on Friday night, Durant might have fanned the flames.
Asked by TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager what he was looking forward to in Sunday's All-Star Game, Durant said a one-on-one matchup.
“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.”