Former MVP and foul drawing aficionado James Harden is out and about.
COVID be damned!
M.I.A. at Rockets Camp
He is out and about, but very much OUT on the Rockets franchise right now.
James Harden has yet to arrive to Rockets training camp and didn’t show up to an anticipated individual workout on Sunday.
Head coach Stephen Silas on when Harden would rejoin the team: “There is no timetable, as far as I know. It is a setback.” pic.twitter.com/XOzh2dLlwI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 7, 2020
What’s up with the top dog of travelling?
I guess things in Houston may be…not that great?
Some news: A person familiar with James Harden’s thinking described the Rockets’ culture as toxic and called them the “Knicks of the South.”
— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) December 7, 2020
James Harden was reportedly spotted in Vegas last night w/ the Rockets expecting him at camp.
His mother responded with a long message on the situation: “… He’s asking for a chance to get a ring and that’s it…”
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 7, 2020
We Actually Do Know Where He is…Kind Of
James Harden was spotted at the club again last night
(IG: cbodadon) pic.twitter.com/D1i3CmEMoR
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) December 7, 2020
James Harden showed up two hours early to the strip club and “set a tone” with his intensity, per Twitter pic.twitter.com/RLWIdOMPhX
— Lakers NBA Champs🏀☕️ (@basketballfosho) December 7, 2020
james harden pic.twitter.com/pFqGE3IcPI
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 7, 2020
So we know he is in Vegas, frequenting clubs, and not at all in Houston.
Therefore, we really do have a pretty good idea where he is. However, he is not at all where he is supposed to be.
Harden is breaking the NBA code for COVID, as well as ignoring his team and responsibilities of his contract.
He clearly wants out of Houston, and frankly may never return.
Maybe he should go play for the Los Angeles Raiders?
Implications for Houston
Harden clearly is disgruntled and this does not bode well for the success of the franchise.
The Rockets may have been a playoff team in the West, maybe even a decent one, with Harden.
Without James, however, this team built around his strengths will be Lottery bound for sure.
If you are a Houston fan, are you done with James? He clearly does not want to be there, right?
At best, he comes back and plays but is a grumpy pants.
Not a great look for the Rockets right now, or, frankly James Harden.
Going out like that during a pandemic? Very bad look. Very bad.
Poor John Wall.
-Brent Buckley (@bigbucksbuckley on twitter)