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James Harden, Russell Westbrook don’t travel with Houston Rockets to Florida

No reason is given for their absence, but coach Mike D'Antoni says "I don't think it's going to be too many days" before his star players join the team at Disney World.
Houston Rockets guards James Harden, left, and Russell Westbrook head downcourt during a game against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 30, 2019, in Washington.
Houston Rockets guards James Harden, left, and Russell Westbrook head downcourt during a game against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 30, 2019, in Washington. [ NICK WASS | AP ]
Published Jul. 11, 2020

Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook did not travel with the team to Florida and did not participate in the team’s first practice. Coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t provide a reason for their absence but said he expects both players to join the team at Disney World.

“I don’t think it’s going to be too many days,” D’Antoni said Saturday. “It will work itself out. Some things you can’t control totally, but in a few days, they’ll be here.”

D’Antoni was asked how much missing the team’s two biggest stars for the first few days of practice will hinder his club.

“It’s not ideal,” he said. “But it’s going to be good, and we’ll be ready to go. It won’t set us back.”

Houston’s first game back from the shutdown is July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.