The Houston Rockets welcomed new acquisition James Harden at an open practice for charity on Sunday, just three days before the start of their 2012-13 NBA season.
Harden completes an off-season overhaul for the Rockets, who've missed the play-offs the last three seasons. Houston cut or traded every veteran player, including shooting guard Kevin Martin (who was part of the Harden deal), point guard Kyle Lowry, backup Goran Dragic, shooting guard Courtney Lee and popular forward Luis Scola.
SOUNDBITE: (English) (on his excitement about joining Houston)
"(It's) great. Just got Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons is a great young player, just got Omer (Asik) so there's a great young corps that is ready to produce."
SUPER CAPTION: James Harden, Houston Rockets Shooting Guard
SOUNDBITE: (English) (on James Harden)
"I think he's always been an efficient, easy player to play with. You know, I think the way he plays, the style he plays is very in-tune with what we're trying to do here and so I don't think it will be as tough of a transition."
SUPER CAPTION: Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets Point Guard
Harden ready to link up with LinTuesday, October 30 2012