James Harden, Russell Westbrook’s hiatus workouts make Rockets scarier, per Dwyane Wade
Houston Rockets superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook both used the NBA hiatus to work on their bodies, and NBA Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade believes that spells trouble for the other 21 teams in Orlando, Florida.
“Skinny James Harden” took NBA Twitter by storm. The 2018 MVP lost a ton of weight during the hiatus and now a lot of pundits believe the Rockets can win the 2020 championship since it appears Harden is finally in tip-top shape for the postseason.
In the past, Harden has gotten tired easily in the playoffs and worn down.
Meanwhile, Westbrook has always been in phenomenal shape throughout his NBA career. However, the former Oklahoma City Thunder star was able to get some much-needed rest on his knees during the work stoppage.
Westbrook has undergone multiple knee surgeries in his career, so the time off his feet was great for the explosive point guard out of UCLA.
"Now, Houston becomes even scarier. With both of these guys, they can run you out the gym."
—Dwayne Wade on James Harden and Russell Westbrook getting in shape during the lockdown
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) July 8, 2020
Before games were suspended in March after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert contracted COVID-19, Harden was averaging 34.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 61 games for the Rockets. He was once again leading the NBA in scoring.
Westbrook, meanwhile, was putting up 27.5 points, 8.0 boards and 7.0 assists in 53 games. Houston is the only team in the NBA with two MVPs leading the charge, so Rockets fans are looking forward to the 2020 playoffs once the eight seeding games end.
The Rockets haven’t reached an NBA Finals during the Harden era, which began in 2012. This year is a golden opportunity for James Harden and Russell Westbrook to win their first championship in the NBA.