Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni expects 'seamless' James Harden return

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni expressed expectations for a "seamless" return for superstar guard James Harden, once he clears the NBA's quarantine protocol after arriving at the Walt Disney World campus.

Harden arrived five days after the team departed for Orlando, Florida, leaving just Russell Westbrook and forward Luc Mbah a Moute as the only Rockets that haven't yet joined the team.

"It is one step (towards) getting complete, and now we're missing getting Russell (Westbrook) in here and getting Luc Mbah a Moute here," D'Antoni said. "But James is a big step. It'll be seamless. We have just got to make sure everybody gets in shape, and everybody is ready to play. But we've had some great practices and (we are) looking forward to getting James in here."

Harden entered the NBA's bubble on Tuesday night, and needs to complete a 36-hour quarantine in his hotel room, in addition to producing two negative tests for coronavirus before he can join the team on the court.

D'Antoni expects Harden to be available for Houston's first scrimmage against the Toronto Raptors on July 24. เว็บพนันบอลต่างประเทศ

"I think so," D'Antoni said. "Next week, yeah, without a doubt. James loves to play. So, I would expect after the first couple of days, we'll get him geared up. Then, starting probably around Sunday he will start scrimmaging with the guys, maybe even before. He loves to play. It wouldn't surprise me if he comes right out of the chute ready to go. But, definitely by next Friday, he'll be 100 per cent."

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