Keep your eye on Artesia High School grad James Harden as he leads the Houston Rockets into the first round of the NBA playoffs this week against the Oklahoma Thunder.
James was the Lakewood Youth Hall of Fame's Athlete of the Year in 2008. In his senior year for Artesia he led the Pioneers to a state championship...and he’s continued to excel ever since. A five-time NBA All Star, James had a great season with Houston this year, averaging a career-high 29 points per game.
James is another example of how the Lakewood community has nurtured young athletes and youth of all talents into successful careers for many years.