Russell Westbrook tested positive for COVID-19, the Houston Rockets star announced on Twitter Monday afternoon.
“I tested positive for covid-10 prior to my teams departure to Orlando,” Westbrook wrote. “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 Sage. Mask up! #whynot.”
Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets from Houston to Orlando and is not in the bubble. For Westbrook to be cleared and travel to Orlando, he must follow NBA health and safety protocols, which include quarantine, absence of symptoms, cardiac screening and two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo: Eric Christian Smith, AP)
Rockets teammate and fellow All-Star James Harden did not travel with the team to Orlando, and the Rockets have not disclosed why.
The NBA began testing players daily before teams departed for Orlando to ensure positive cases were caught before entering the bubble.
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