Rockets: James Harden arrives in Houston for coronavirus testing
James Harden has finally reported to the Rockets – though he must clear coronavirus testing before joining the team.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
Stephen Silas on his relationship, or lack thereof, with James Harden: "Trust is built day to day, and once the relationship begins, we’ll begin that process of trust. Obviously there wasn’t a great start to it, but that’s the NBA. The NBA is not going to be roses every day."— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 8, 2020
This shows how late Harden arrived. He was supposed to be in Houston in time to clear testing before practice began Sunday. Now, that clearance process is just begging.
The big question: What attitude will Harden bring to training camp?
He can be destructive in the best of times, but he more than offsets any damage with elite production and impressive durability. Any slip in on-court focus and effectiveness, and Harden’s negative qualities could be really disruptive.
Harden still wants to be traded, and the Rockets still sound content to keep him until a quality offer emerges. Maybe Harden will come around once in a team setting.
But there’s also risk of this going the other way.