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HOUS­TON Rock­ets su­per­star James Har­den isn’t quite ready to re­sume the NBA sea­son just yet.

Har­den wants to make sure the coast is clear and the coro­n­avirus pan­demic in the US has “calmed down all the way to a min­i­mum” be­fore he re­turns to step­ping around de­fend­ers in a re­sumed

NBA sea­son.

“I want it to be safe,” Har­den told CNBC’s Jabari Young.

“I want it to be en­ter­tain­ing for the fans and play­ers to get out there and com­pete.

“As soon as we can get this ramped up, I’m ready to go. I feel like the ma­jor­ity of the play­ers feel the same way.”

The NBA was mid­way through one of its most en­ter­tain­ing sea­sons in a while be­fore Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus on March 11.

The NBA sub­se­quently sus­pended its sea­son in­def­i­nitely, then a rash of league play­ers and per­son­nel tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus in the en­su­ing weeks, in­clud­ing sev­eral Nets play­ers, Knicks owner James Dolan and Gobert’s team­mate Dono­van Mitchell.

The Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in­for­mally polled its mem­bers on whether they wanted to re­sume this NBA sea­son de­spite a hia­tus from bas­ket­ball that has lasted more than 60 days. The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity voted yes.

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