Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is the latest NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. Westbrook made the announcement on his social media and said he is in quarantine and hoping to rejoin his teammates in Orlando for the restart of the season.
“I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my departure to Orlando. 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. Be safe. Mask up!”
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters on Sunday that James Harden, Luc Mbah Moute and Westbrook would join the team during the weak in Orlando as the players did not travel with the team to Orlando. Westbrook’s arrival could be delayed due to his positive diagnosis.
Rockets Coach Mike D'Antoni says he expects James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Luc Mbah a Moute to join the team by mid-week – says they're all working out "at their home bases" and doesn't think them missing the beginning of Houston's training camp will be a big deal.
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Westbrook, who arrived to the Rockets in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange of Chris Paul and draft picks, has played in 53 games this season. He’s been averaging 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists in 35.9 minutes per game.