Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook haven’t travelled with the team to Orlando and didn’t participate in the side’s first practice prior to the NBA’s restart.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t provide a reason behind their absence but said he expects both players to join the team in Florida soon.
D’Antoni explained: “I don’t think it will be too many days. It works itself out. Some things you can not control totally, but in several days, they’ll be here.
“It’s not ideal. But it’s going to be good and we’ll be ready to go. It won’t set us back.”
Houston’s first game following NBA’s restart is on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks, go on Sky Sports.
The NBA returns on Sky Sports
The NBA returns to your screens on Sky Sports this month as the 2019-20 season resumes at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on July 30.
Opening night will see the Utah Jazz take on rookie star Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans at 11pm, before Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers come up against LeBron James and the Avery Bradley-less Los Angeles Lakers from 2am on Friday, July 31.
The structure will see 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams play eight seeding games to determine a 16-team playoff field, which will follow the traditional post-season format and crown a champion no later than October 13.