Houston Rockets await COVID ruling after James Harden holdout

The Houston Rockets are unsure when James Harden will probably be cleared to observe as a result of they’re awaiting phrase from the NBA about COVID-19 protocols following the celebrity’s holdout from coaching camp.

“We’re simply attempting to iron all that stuff out proper now,” stated first-year Rockets coach Stephen Silas, who additionally famous that free-agent signee Sterling Brown had but to observe with the Rockets as a result of COVID-19 protocols. “I want I had a very good reply for you. I want I had a greater reply for you in the case of all that, however I do not.”

Harden, the eight-time All-Star who has requested to be traded to a contender, didn’t report back to the Toyota Heart for COVID-19 testing till Tuesday, two days after the Rockets held their first staff observe.

The NBA required gamers to check unfavourable for the coronavirus for 3 consecutive days earlier than getting into staff amenities for particular person exercises earlier than coaching camp. Gamers had been additionally required to quarantine other than testing and exercises on the staff facility and important actions reminiscent of grocery purchasing.

Nevertheless, Harden opted to work out on his personal on the College of Houston, and attended rapper Lil Child’s celebration in Atlanta over the weekend after which spent just a few nights in Las Vegas. Harden didn’t put on a face masks on the celebration or in Las Vegas nightclubs, social occasions that violated the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

“It is actually onerous to form of put a finger on what the protocol seems to be like at this level simply due to how the timing is,” Silas stated. “It is not the identical timing that everyone else had, proper? So far as when he can begin doing particular person exercises, when he can be a part of the staff, when he can observe, we’re working with the NBA attempting to determine precisely when that’s.

“However so far as I do know proper now, there is not a transparent plan so far as what that appears like, simply because it is outdoors of the way in which that we had been doing it with the unique group.”

Throughout his holdout, Harden and Silas didn’t have any communication. They’d a short interplay Wednesday, based on Silas.

“I stated howdy to him,” Silas stated.

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