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Rockets’ Danuel House’s first comments since female COVID-19 tester incident

Rockets, Danuel House

In his first comments since the well-publicized female COVID-19 tester incident at Walt Disney World, Houston Rockets swingman Danuel House sent out a cryptic message on Instagram.

House had a female COVID-19 tester in his hotel room, which violated NBA rules. He was forced to leave the Walt Disney bubble during the Rockets’ second-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“The negativity won’t stop me,” Danuel House wrote. “Real blessings coming soon! Get to know me before you judge me. So, quit the corny stuff.”

The Rockets lost to the Lakers in five games despite winning Game 1 of the series. House apologized to his teammates before leaving the bubble, but multiple reports have stated Houston players were very upset with the small forward.

In nine playoff games at Walt Disney World against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Lakers, House averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line.

While the Rockets would have probably lost to the Lakers even if House had not made his mistake, his absence was certainly felt since he’s a solid 3-and-D player who spaces the floor well for Houston.

Moving forward, House is set to make $3,717,000 in 2020-21 and $3,894,000 in 2021-22. The Rockets will have a new head coach next season after Mike D’Antoni decided not to come back. It will be interesting to see if Houston’s new tactician wants House on the team after what transpired at Disney World.