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James Harden takes free throws on one foot after rolling ankle (VIDEO)

Dec 16, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

Early in the third quarter Sunday of what would become an ugly Rockets loss to the Kings, James Harden rolled his ankle on a play where he was fouled by Ben McLemore.

Rather than leave the game, Harden took his free throws while lifting his tweaked left ankle. And he nailed them.

By staying in to take the free throw it meant he could return to the game (if you leave the other team gets to pick who takes the shot and you cannot return). Harden did return to the game. Not that it mattered, the Kings thumped the Rockets (and DeMarcus Cousins completely outplayed Dwight Howard, but we’ll save that for The Extra Pass recaps).

  1. wingsfan97 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Kobe is probably like “what a pussy”,try doing it with a torn Achilles and then walking off your self

    • azarkhan - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Kobe will be sitting on his a$$ in April watching Harden and the Rockets in the playoffs. LOL

  2. theromeo2k - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Harden be like: Top that Kobe!

  3. moseskkim - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    That was some Kung fu free throws haha

  4. davidly - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    ^^If do right, no can defense.

  5. germanflats13a38 - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    So, do I have to take the shot, or can I just take the “H” and go on to the next shot.

  6. timb12 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    This really seems like it’s becoming a trend with younger guys. I’ll be playing pickup games somewhere and injuries will get milked, just so it looks heroic when they return to form. If he could walk around on it, he could shoot on it.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      The Paul Pierce Effect.

    • bougin89 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      The league is fool of guys that flop and greatly exaggerate injuries. From the best player in the league to the bottom.

      • bougin89 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM


  7. savvybynature - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    What a drama queen. Throw in the constant flopping and the lack of effort on defense and Harden is becoming insufferable.

  8. ranfan12 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    He must’ve had to pee very badly

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