Stephen Silas raves about James Harden’s practice habits in Houston

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Despite numerous reports of potential trades involving All-Star guard James Harden (at his request), Rockets head coach Stephen Silas isn’t thinking about that storyline as the 2020-21 regular season nears.

One reason is the professionalism of Harden himself. After Saturday’s practice, which Harden participated in, Houston’s first-time head coach was asked how concerned he was by the ongoing situation.

Here’s how Silas responded:

It can’t be a concern, because that would be taking our eye off the ball. He has been committed since he’s been here. He’s been great in practice. Good to talk to, listening, trying, asking good questions, pulling me aside and telling me things that he sees.

For all of us, it’s important to look toward what’s important, which is preparing to win game number one.

Unless Harden is traded in the very near future, he will seemingly begin the new NBA season in Houston — where the Rockets will host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center next Wednesday night. It would represent the ninth season for the 31-year-old to play in Houston, and he’s been an All-Star in each of his eight completed years to date.

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Portland
+125+3.5-
Houston
-150-3.5-