TMZ: Rockets' James Harden Issued Ticket by Police While Riding Scooter in China

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2019

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James Harden can drive into the paint as well as anybody in the NBA, but the Houston Rockets star is apparently still learning how to drive in China.

TMZ Sports reported Saturday that Chinese police gave Harden a ticket in Shanghai. The 2018 MVP's alleged infraction is unclear, but he was riding a scooter through the city when he was pulled over.

The Houston Chronicle's Matt Young noted Harden is in China as part of a promotional tour for Adidas, and he missed the NBA Awards show as a result of the trip: 

Matt Young @Chron_MattYoung

Lots of great photos from James Harden's current trip to China, including him trying to double dutch and running a bunch of kids with fake beards through drills. https://t.co/MTruyEN0f1 https://t.co/3KXHpwDnAY

The seven-time All-Star finished second to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP voting.

Harden has become one of Adidas' biggest brand ambassadors since signing a 13-year, $200 million deal with the company in 2015.

The Rockets have built a substantial following in China as well, a process that began largely when Houston selected Yao Ming with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft.