James Harden joins Rockets at Disney World, says 'family issues' held him back

The Houston Rockets have one half of their MVP backcourt back on the court.

James Harden officially joined the Rockets in practice on Thursday after a delayed entry to Disney World, arriving in Orlando on Tuesday and self-isolating for the required two days.

Harden’s return is obviously welcome news for Houston, which is still without Russell Westbrook after the star’s positive coronavirus test.

The only reason for his delay that Harden would give was “family issues.” It’s hard to imagine he’ll be elaborating on that one.

The Rockets are currently tied for fifth place in the Western Conference at 40-24. Currently tied in the standings with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team is assured of at least the seventh seed in the NBA playoffs with eight regular season games to go.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets in action against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 02, 2020 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Rockets 125-123. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
James Harden is back with the Rockets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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