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James Harden thrilled to be selected for the All-Star game

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden was chosen by the NBA's coaches as a reserve for the Western Conference in the 2013 All-Star game that will be held next month at the Toyota Center.

It will be Harden's first All-Star game.

"It's definitely overwhelming right now, but it's a great feeling," Harden said. "Just to be my first time in no other city but Houston, it means a lot.

"I'll be hosting and I'll be like near the front page of it. I thank my teammates and my coaching staff to be in this position."

It will be a while before Harden gets his arms around this tremendous honor.

"It hasn't hit me yet," Harden said. "It hasn't hit me yet, but I'm sure when that weekend comes and I put on that All-Star jersey, it'll hit me.

"It's a great individual accomplishment to be one of the best guys in the NBA as an All-Star. It's a dream come true."

With Harden being the home-town player, he knows the other Western Conference All-Stars will look to give him as many looks as possible.

"I think those older guys are going to want the young guys to shine," Harden said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity just to be with those guys for that weekend and just enjoy it and have a great time."

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is happy for Harden.

"Congratulations to James," Morey said in a text message to FOX 26 Sports. "Very special that he became an All-Star for the first time at our home arena."

The All-Star game will give Harden a chance to be reunited with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook which he said means a great deal.

"A lot," Harden said. "Obviously we have different jerseys on now, but they've been in that situation before. They've been All-Stars so many times. Just to be alongside those guys, and the majority of the guys I was with this summer in the Olympics, it feels good."

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