The James Harden drama never ends.
Video circulated Tuesday of the Rockets star at a strip club Christmas party without a mask on, and ESPN.com reported Wednesday morning that the NBA is investigating the incident as a potential violation of the league’s COVID protocols. If it is determined that the video is recent, Harden’s availability for Wednesday night’s season opener against the Thunder would be in question.
Harden had COVID-19 over the summer prior to last season’s NBA bubble restart, according to the report, but nevertheless is required to follow the NBA’s protocols.
Harden has been demanding a trade from the Rockets, and the Nets and 76ers viewed as possible destinations. Harden held out from the start of training camp as videos of him partying in Atlanta and Las Vegas surfaced.
The former MVP claimed his absence was for training purposes. He passed six consecutive coronavirus tests upon his arrival.
Harden’s frustration has boiled over in practice. According to The Athletic, Harden has had several verbal altercations with teammates and threw the basketball at anger at rookie forward Ja’Sean Tate.
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