The Houston Rockets left for Walt Disney World without one of their key players as guard Russell Westbrook announced on Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Westbrook is not the only member of the Rockets who missed the team’s trip to Orlando. Teammates James Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute also did not travel with the team. Head coach Mike D’Antoni declined to mention why they did not travel with the team but expressed hope that they would make it to the NBA bubble inside Walt Disney World within the next three to four days. Before the players will be able to practice with the team, they will have to quarantine in their rooms for 48 hours after their arrival.
D’Antoni told reporters that the three players are working out “at their home base” and felt confident that their late arrivals wouldn’t affect the team, moreso going into the playoff run. The team is also without forward Bruno Cabaclo, who inadvertently broke the initial quarantine period and will have to remain quarantined for eight more days before he can rejoin the team.
Before joining The Ball Out, Chris Bullock was part of SB Nation’s Swish Appeal for nearly three years, covering everything women’s basketball. Chris has had the honor of doing live coverage of the WNBA Finals, the NCAA Tournament, and also was given his own column, “The Triple Double”. A self-described “foodaholic”, Chris lives in the San Diego area with his wife and two daughters, and also hosts his own podcast, “Conscious Cravings”, where he speaks about his experience as a mental health advocate.