James Harden regarded simply effective as he made his preseason debut Tuesday evening.
The Houston Rockets have had loads of drama surrounding the staff in the course of the temporary NBA offseason. First got here the change in management within the entrance workplace and on the bench. Then got here the swap of Russell Westbrook for John Wall.
Even James Harden demanded a commerce, however the Rockets determined there wasn’t a deal they favored sufficient to make such a transfer. Thus, Harden determined to take his time in returning to the staff. He lastly confirmed up this week and was on the courtroom Tuesday evening in preseason motion towards the San Antonio Spurs.
Whereas loads of jokes have been made about his look, his play was clearly not affected by his temporary hiatus.
James Harden appears like himself in preseason debut
Harden completed the sport with 12 factors on Three-of-10 capturing in 21 minutes of motion. He went Four-for-5 from the road and in addition led the staff with 4 assists. That was fairly the great evening principally off the road, even when he did present up like this.
The Rockets star appears to be in form even when the digicam doesn’t flatter him. The step-back was working and this seemed to be a standard recreation from him. So whereas the jokes are enjoyable, Harden didn’t present up and play like a distinct particular person.
His want to be traded could also be an element to keep watch over as nicely, however although Harden might have continued to keep away from the staff and demand a commerce, perhaps he has determined he simply desires to get again on the courtroom and see what occurs. Wall is a superb addition, and DeMarcus Cousins is now in Houston’s beginning rotation as nicely.
Loads of gamers across the NBA could get off to sluggish begins because of the fast turnaround from Orlando and the unconventional offseason. Harden exhibiting up and scoring in double figures principally off the road is a superb signal for Rockets followers who need him to determine issues out and keep on the town.