Rocket Westbrook downed by virus

Sports | AGENCIES 15 Jul 2020

NBA star Russell Westbrook says he has tested positive for Covid-19 as the league gears up for a restart in Florida.

The Houston Rockets star, a former Most Valuable Player, revealed online: "I tested positive for Covid-19 prior to my team's departure to Orlando.

"I'm currently feeling well, quarantined and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I'm cleared."

The 31-year-old added: "Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!"

Westbrook was one of several Rockets players who did not travel to Orlando, where the NBA resumes its season on July 30 after a four-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty-two teams began arriving last week at the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, where they will be housed in a quarantined bubble to train ahead of the restart.

The NBA also revealed yesterday that 322 players had been tested for Covid-19 since arriving on the campus on July 7, and two have returned confirmed positive tests while in quarantine. Those players never cleared the mandatory 48-hour quarantine upon arrival and had since left the campus to isolate at home or in isolation housing.

Besides Westbrook, Houston teammates James Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute also did not travel.

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