Russell Westbrook to affix Rockets on Monday

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook traveled to Orlando, Florida, on Monday to affix the staff on the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus, coach Mike D’Antoni stated.

Westbrook introduced final week that he examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier than the Rockets’ departure, writing on social media July 13 that he was “feeling nicely” and quarantined.

Westbrook needed to check damaging for coronavirus twice earlier than being cleared to journey to the NBA’s campus, based on the league’s pointers. He’s required to quarantine in his resort room for 2 days earlier than being allowed to affix the Rockets for follow and different staff actions.

D’Antoni stated that he anticipated that Westbook, a nine-time All-Star who’s in his first season with the Rockets, could be at full velocity quickly however in all probability not take part in Houston’s scrimmage Friday.

“I do anticipate that after he clears the whole lot that he’ll be able to go 5-on-5 and all that,” D’Antoni stated. “I might suppose Friday could be a bit early. That’ll be as much as the medical employees and Russell himself and see how he feels within the days earlier than. Hopefully, he’ll get in a few scrimmages after which be prepared for us to play.”

NBA scoring chief James Harden arrived final week, 5 days after the Rockets’ staff flight, and cited “some household points” as the explanation for his delay. He has been a full participant in Rockets’ practices since clearing the NBA’s quarantine protocol.

Ahead Luc Mbah a Moute, who was signed as a substitution participant when Thabo Sefolosha opted out of the NBA’s restart, has not but been cleared to journey to the NBA bubble.

As soon as Westbrook is cleared to follow, the Rockets could have all of their common rotation gamers out there.

“Any time you miss a key piece like that, it makes it a bit bit tougher, however I do know he’ll be prepared,” D’Antoni stated. “So on one facet, we’re simply anxious to get him. It’s going to give all people a bit pep of their step, however there was little question earlier than. The power has been nice. These guys have been training exhausting, so it is only one step nearer to being entire. We will get him in there and work on a few issues and prepare.”

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