Houston Rockets’ COVID-19 editions continue.
A member of the Rockets team tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, which resulted in the need for multiple players to quarantine for seven days due to the contact tracking protocol.
According to the report, both John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are among those to be quarantined. Eric Gordon is also reportedly involved.
The Rockets have multiple players – including John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and possibly more – currently facing seven-day quarantine per NBA contact tracking protocol, sources say @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 25, 2020
Cousins also didn’t look happy with the news on social media.
Rockets season opener postponed
The opening of the original Rockets season was scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus after Houston star James Harden and others violated league protocols.
Video circulated on social media this week that featured Harden allegedly in a strip club without a mask. He denied that he was where he was, instead claiming he was briefly at a private event.
In any case, the league fined him $ 50,000 for violating his coronavirus protocols by participating in a “private internal party” that took him to the necessary quarantine. He must isolate himself by Friday. Commissioner Adam Silver said on ESPN on Thursday that Harden “somehow got lucky” and was not suspended in part because “it’s Christmas” and was his first offense.
Harden was not the only one to break the protocol. Seven other Houston players were unable to take the field for their debut scheduled for this Wednesday.
A group of players – including Wall, Cousins and Kenyon Martin Jr. – would be in an apartment on Tuesday night doing haircuts. Three of these seven players returned a positive or inconclusive test result, which forced all seven to quarantine.
With more players facing mandatory quarantines for a week, it is unclear when the Rockets will actually enter the field and start the season. Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers is probably now at risk.
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