What to do with James Harden?
There are already signs of tension between James Harden and his Rockets teammates early on as they prepare to open the regular season Wednesday. Harden has made it known to the Rockets brass that he wants to be traded to a playoff contender. This has created a cloud of uncertainty over the Rockets franchise, who state they have no intentions to simply trade away the eight-time all-star without getting sufficient value back in return.
There are plenty of dynamics at work here as Harden reported to training camp a week late, and since then, he’s had multiple verbal altercations with teammates during practice on Sunday and Monday. In one of those incidents, Harden hurled a basketball at a teammate. That teammate is rumored to be rookie Jae’Sean Tate. The ball did not make contact with Tate, but these actions are quite uncommon for someone who is considered to have a laid back and calm demeanor.
This is certainly one story that bears watching over the next few days. Houston will tip-off against Oklahoma City at home as 3.5-point favorites. However, there are reports that several Houston players may miss this game for not following COVID-19 protocols.