James Harden hardly showed his face to his Philadelphia 76ers team during practice, so it came as no surprise at all to the fans when the team temporarily cast him out, at least for the duration of the road trip and first regular season game, and asked him to travel on his own.

Harden’s return

Even experienced professionals understand the importance of practice before the regular season, especially when aiming for a championship. Making the most of every practice minute is crucial. However, James Harden seemed to think differently based on his recent behavior. According to reports, the 34-year-old missed ten days of the team’s practices, a period that could have been vital in their preparations for the upcoming regular season.

On X, Shams Charania reported that James Harden had returned to the Philadelphia 76ers on October 25, stating “After 10 days away, James Harden has reported back to the Philadelphia 76ers for practice today, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.”

“James Harden returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday night with his bags packed to join team on the road for Thursday vs. Bucks and Saturday vs. Raptors, but the 76ers have now asked him not to travel with the team, sources said,” Charania added.

The 76ers’ plan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, is for Harden to stay at the team’s practice facility in Camden and collaborate with the development staff to gain the in-game experience necessary to play after the Sixers return from their Milwaukee-Toronto road trip.

Harden’s relationship with the 76ers

Since the team turned down Harden’s request to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers have not been on the best of terms lately. And when Harden called 76ers President Daryl Morey a liar during an Adidas promotional event in China, it became clear that there was a rift between the two parties.

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Harden publicly acknowledged for the first time on October 14—the day before he started skipping practices—that his relationship with the 76ers is “irreparable” as he no longer trusted them.

All throughout the days that he was absent, the fans were skeptical whether the 10-time All Star Guard would ever come back.

Fortunately, for the 76ers fans, who thought that the team would lose a valuable player, the prodigal son came back after 10 days. Harden is scheduled to resume his conditioning regimen and is not anticipated to play in the season opener against the Bucks on Thursday.

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