Houston Rockets All-Star guard, Russell Westbrook, has confirmed he is in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus.
Westbrook and fellow All-Star James Harden had been notable absentees as the Rockets arrived in Orlando, Florida for the NBA’s resumption later this month.
“I tested positive for Covid-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook said on Monday in a statement released on social media.
“I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my team-mates when I am cleared.
“Thank you for all the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus serious. Be safe. Mask up!”
Rockets head coach, Mike D’Antonio, on Sunday said he was expecting Westbrook and Harden to join the team by the end of the week, but, Houston’s preparations have now been dealt a major blow with one of their star players unable to rejoin the roster until just before the season resumes on July 31.
Westbrook, who was traded to the Rockets from the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, has averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game this season.