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NBA stars talk Rockets’ James Harden, Ben McLemore, and more at 2K tourney

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 15: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball on a fast break defended by Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns in the first half at Toyota Center on March 15, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 15: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball on a fast break defended by Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns in the first half at Toyota Center on March 15, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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During the opening round of the NBA 2K tournament, several of the NBA’s young stars discussed all things Houston Rockets related.

If you’re starving for NBA action, you’ve likely been turning over all basketball-related stones, which includes the NBA 2K players-only tournament. Sure, it’s not the same thing as live action, but it’s the closest thing we’ll get to seeing the Houston Rockets back in action.

Thus far, there have been five total players who listed the Houston Rockets as one of their eight teams in the tournament, which are Michael Porter Jr, Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, and Montrezl Harrell. However, Porter, Durant, and Mitchell have all been eliminated, so the Rockets won’t have the opportunity to lead them to victory, like they did Ayton in the first round.

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One of the positives about the manner in which the tournament has been conducted is that we’ve been able to hear dialogue between players, which we wouldn’t otherwise hear around this time of the year. We’ve already highlighted many of Ayton’s thoughts, which include him praising P.J. Tucker‘s defense, and Robert Covington‘s size and stature.

But there have been many other noteworthy comments that were made during the first round of the NBA 2K tournament, which we also should highlight. Let’s get started with some of those also.

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