James Harden Leaves a Cryptic Message on Social Media After Missing Houston Rockets’ Practice

Published 12/06/2020, 7:11 PM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets bites his beard during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Before the off-season started, multiple reports emerged that both the stars, Russell Westbrook and James Harden had demanded trades. Weeks into the off-season, Houston Rockets have traded Westbrook but still have Harden on the team.

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The team has brought in John Wall now as their second star and will hope that this can convince Harden to stay. But ‘The Beard has been pretty busy, it seems. He missed the initial voluntary training sessions.

The 8-time All Star again missed today’s practice sessions, and the Rockets’ new head coach Stephen Silas confirmed this.

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Hours after missing the practice, Harden posted a very cryptic Instagram story.

The Rockets will try to make sure that they can keep their disgruntled star, at least for this season. It is too early to predict that, however. His off-court antics might suggest otherwise for now. Only Harden knows what he is up to. Until then, all eyes are set on him.

Should James Harden have one last go with the Rockets?

The Rockets have been one of the top teams in the West for some time now, thanks to James Harden. The front office has regularly tried to bring in more players to complement the 2017-18 MVP.

They have always come very close to reach the top of the West but are somehow hindered by injuries, or superior teams like the Lakers or the Warriors.

Last season, the team shook things up and go for a small-ball approach. The team was devoid of a center. They also brought in Harden’s long-time friend, Russell Westbrook. All those moves just did not work for them and ultimately failed miserably.

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SAITAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: James Harden #13 of Houston Rockets dribbles up court against the Toronto Raptors on October 8, 2019 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

If a team is so committed to a star, it speaks volumes about how much they value him. They have traded for John Wall who Harden wants to play with. He is coming off an injury, but in his pre-season workouts looked pretty fit.

This season they have added a dominant center in DeMarcus Cousins, who is a good offensive player too. They have added Christian Wood from the free agency, who is a significant addition in the power forward position and will surely start under Silas.

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The Houston Rockets have made some interesting moves and have added players who are ready to compete. With limited potential trades available for him, Harden can have one last go with this new look Rockets roster.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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