Rockets star Russell Westbrook has tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining, he announced on Twitter on Monday. “I tested positive for Covid-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook said in the post. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared. Thank you all for …
Rockets star Russell Westbrook has tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining, he announced on Twitter on Monday.
“I tested positive for Covid-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook said in the post. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared. Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously.”
Westbrook, co-star James Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute all did not travel with the team to Orlando as they entered the bubble as part of the NBA’s planned restart. Harden still hasn’t joined his teammates in the bubble. The Rockets haven’t disclosed why he didn’t travel with the team, though coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters he should arrive “in a couple of days.”
According to the league’s protocols, players can enter the bubble once they have no symptoms and receive two negative tests within a 24-hour period. When the three players arrive in Orlando, however, they will have to quarantine again for 48 hours in their rooms and produce two more negative tests within 24 hours before they can rejoin and practice with the team.
“These are things that people are dealing with,” D’Antoni told reporters Sunday.
Rockets reserve forward Bruno Cabaclo also accidentally broke quarantine in the bubble and will now have an extended quarantine period, according to ESPN.com.
D’Antoni was optimistic the uncertainty around the team will diminish come playoff time, adding that all three players are working at their “home bases.” The Rockets held their first practice since their hiatus on Saturday.
Westbrook joins Spencer Dinwiddie, Nikola Jokic, DeAndre Jordan and others who have tested positive prior to traveling to the bubble. Dinwiddie and Jordan have already opted out of the restart, while the Nuggets reportedly expect Jokic to join the team soon.
It is unclear if Westbrook is experiencing any symptoms. The season doesn’t resume until July 30, and the Rockets play their first game of the restart on July 31 against the Mavericks.
The Rockets have already clinched a playoff berth, though there is plenty of room for them to move in the Western Conference standings during the eight seeding games to be played.
Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points, seven assists and eight rebounds in his first season with the team. The Rockets gave up Chris Paul and a plethora of draft picks in order to secure the 31-year old former MVP last offseason.