Rockets star Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus
Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The All-Star floor general took to Twitter to reveal he tested positive prior to the Rockets’ departure to the Orlando bubble.
Westbrook said he felt well despite his diagnosis and was looking forward to rejoining his teammates once he’s cleared to travel. Any player who has tested positive for COVID-19 must produce two negative tests before being cleared to travel.
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 13, 2020
Upon arriving at the bubble, Westbrook will have a two-day quarantine confinement. Upon passing that period, he will be able to join his teammates in practice, making this an extensive, yet safe process to re-acclimate him into the resumption of the NBA season.
Westbrook advised others to take the virus seriously, asking them to “mask up” and be safe during this troubling pandemic period.
Most NBA teams have already made their way to Orlando, but not all of them in full, as a few players and staff members are still quarantining at home to comply with the league’s regulations.
The Rockets have a few players in question now, as Westbrook’s teammate Bruno Caboclo became the first NBA player to break quarantine during his two-day isolation period, now pushing his quarantine to a total of eight more days before he’s allowed to rejoin the team.
Houston also has 69-year-old coach Mike D’Antoni, who could be potential in high-risk to contract the virus, to keep in mind — making this a fragile situation worthy of monitoring throughout the next few weeks.