Russell Westbrook coronavirus: The Houston Rockets recently confirmed on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Speculations were rife when Westbrook did not arrive in Orlando with the rest of his teammates. Although it was rumored that Westbrook and Harden would arrive later, the rumor mills suggested that Westbrook might have tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the point guard himself has confirmed the news on his Twitter handle.
Russell Westbrook Coronavirus positive
Russell Westbrook and James Harden formed a formidable duo this season for the Houston Rockets. Westbrook left Oklahoma this past summer to join his former teammate in Houston. The point guard averages 27.5 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds per game this season.
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 13, 2020
The former Thunders’ star announced that he hopes to join his team as soon as possible. He also clarified that he contacted the deadly virus before his departure to join the team. He is currently in quarantine and is feeling well.
The best possible news for Houston Rockets and NBA fans is that Westbrook is currently asymptomatic and hence isn’t at a lot of risk.
What’s next for the Rockets?
The Rockets currently have a record of 40-24 this season and are tied with the Thunders for the fifth seed. Harden and Westbrook have not practiced with their team yet. The Rockets will be hopeful of Westbrook joining them before their league matches get underway.
While they would already be hoping for a quick return for Westbrook, James Harden’s unavailability is also a point of concern. He too hasn’t reached the bubble yet.
The Rockets will be hoping to move up to the 4th seed to avoid facing the likes of Clippers and Lakers in the first round.
The NBA has planned its restart in Orlando. The league has put up strict rules with regards to hygiene, safety and restrictions. The league gets underway on July 30.