COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. While the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc both in and out of sports, better days are ahead of us. James Harden is one NBA player actively preparing for those days. While many athletes have been working out at home in the last few months, very few people’s quarantine workout is as intense as James Harden’s.
Coronavirus wrecks the 2019-20 season
The 2019-20 NBA season was suspended on March 11, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. James Harden’s Houston Rockets were sitting in the sixth spot in the Western Conference at the time of suspension. The Rockets have won 40 games and lost 24, leaving them with a .625 winning percentage on the season so far.
Harden has played 61 games so far in the 2019-20 NBA season. At the time of the season’s postponement, Harden was averaging 34.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game, according to Basketball-Reference. All things considered, Harden was having one of the best seasons of his career before the NBA was forced to postpone the league.
James Harden’s quarantine workout
While Harden, like many NBA players, never wanted to see the season halted, they understood it was what was best for the health and safety of everyone in the league. While still disappointed, Harden has been making the most of his quarantine experience.
Harden’s quarantine workouts are a little harder than most. He has been utilizing treadmills, jumps ropes, weights, and backyard sprints to stay on top of his game and make gains during the quarantine. Harden has also been shooting at a local gym that has opened back up.
Harden has lost some serious weight over the last few months, reports The Atlantic. Hopefully, this transformation from increased cardio workouts and a focus on balance, stability, and body control will translate to more stamina and power on the court.
Harden has struggled with stamina issues in the past and wearing down before the end of the season. Hopefully, Harden’s intense quarantine workouts will yield him and the Rockets great success on the court in the future.
A chance of finishing the season?
While the NBA is tentatively planning to continue the season starting July 31, 2020, plans at this point are still up in the air. However, as professionals, NBA players must always be physically and mentally ready for when they get the call-up. Times are uncertain, so the league returning is still a very questionable endeavor.
Harden is one NBA player that is prepared and looking forward to the league continuing. However, he realizes that his quarantine workouts, regardless of how intense they are, can never truly replicate game shape or experience.
Harden told Insider, “Individually working out and then playing actual five-on-five, where there’s contact, and there’s split decisions that have to be made, it’s totally different … The main part for me is just being in shape. Making sure my conditioning is up to where it’ll make the five-on-five easier.”
The Beard is excited after the prospect of the season resuming within the next couple of months. While he has utilized his quarantine wisely, there is nothing that quite compares to the training or feeling of being on the court.