Harden speaks but questions remain

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    AFTER reportedly looking for a way out of Houston and skipping the start of Rockets training camp, James Harden finally took questions from the media Wednesday while hardly clearing up what has become a sticky situation.

    The eight-time All-Star finally took the court Tuesday night for the first time under new Rockets head coach Stephen Silas. He had 12 points and four assists in 21 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs and said it felt good to be on the court again.

    Whether or not he will continue to take the court for the team remains an unanswered question.

    “Right now, I’m just focused on being here,” Harden said. “Today was good. Yesterday felt really good being out there for the first time since the bubble. I haven’t really had an opportunity to do a lot of five-on-five work. But for my first time being out there, I felt pretty good.”

    As for his whereabouts during his early absence from training camp, Harden offered little details. He went to Las Vegas and posted pictures on social media attending the birthday party of rapper Lil Baby in Atlanta.

    “I was just training,” Harden said when asked if he was trying to make a point about being elsewhere at the start of camp.

    And why were Atlanta and Las Vegas better locales than Houston?

    “Just my personal trainers,” he said.

    According to ESPN, Harden’s preferred trade destinations are to the Brooklyn Nets or Philadelphia 76ers. The Rockets not only have a new coach, they traded superstar Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in an intriguing deal that brought back another superstar in guard John Wall.