James Harden Joins Rockets in Orlando for NBA Restart

Brandon Scott
July 15, 2020 - 12:13 am

James Harden joined the Rockets in Orlando on Tuesday night, five days after the team arrived to restart the NBA season.

Harden had been missing for undisclosed reasons, but Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said earlier in the week he expected Harden and Russell Westbrook to join them soon.  

Westbrook announced Monday he was in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, though he said was feeling well. 

The Rockets also traveled to Florida without forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who they signed earlier this month, and director of player development John Lucas.

The team posted a video on Twitter of the former MVP entering an Orlando hotel with a backpack and a suitcase.

Harden's presence is massive for the Rockets, especially without Westbrook.

Harden leads the league in scoring with 34.4 points a game and his health is critical to the Rockets' chances in Orlando. 

Teams will play eight seeding games leading up to the postseason. 

The sixth-seed Rockets play against the seventh-seed Dallas Mavericks on July 31.