With All-Star weekend nearly upon us in the National Basketball Association, the Houston Rockets will get the chance to be under the sports spotlight. However, the team has to be somewhat concerned about the health of their star James Harden. Harden missed Wednesday’s game after suffering an ankle injury on Tuesday but could still play on Sunday in the All-Star Game. While Harden would get the chance to show what he can do at home, the team has to tell Harden to rest up instead of playing.
It is obviously a big public relations nightmare for the Rockets if their star has to sit for the game but at some point, you need to think about the rest of the regular season and not just an exhibition game. Harden had the potential to do something special at the All-Star Game being at home and all but Harden can’t take the risk of getting hurt any worse where he would miss major time for a team that is fighting to make the playoffs.
Harden averaged 32 points over his last four games and is hotter than ever shooting the ball right now but there is too much to lose having Harden on the court. The Rockets need Harden to take the nearly full week off before play begins again to rest that ankle and be healthy when the second half of the season starts. It would be a blow for Harden and the Rockets to not have a single player in the game but this is a necessary decision to make.