Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus before NBA restart


Houston Rockets goalkeeper Russell Westbrook announced Monday that he is positive for Covid-19.

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – February 29: Russell Westbrook # 0 of the Houston Rockets reacts during the second half of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 29, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Rockets beat the Celtics 111-110 in overtime. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

In a statement posted via social media, Westbrook says he feels good because he plans to join his teammates once the virus is cleared.

“I tested positive for Covid-19 before my team left for Orlando,” said Westbrook in his statement. “I’m feeling good now, quarantined, and can’t wait to join my teammates when I’m cleared. Thank you all for your good wishes and your continued support. Please take the virus seriously. Be safe. Hide yourself. #Whynot »

Westbrook, with James Harden, did not join the rest of the team in Orlando until the NBA restart.

The 2019-2020 NBA season will resume on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, with players held in a bubble. The season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of league players, including Thabo Sefolosha of the Rockets, have pulled out of the season, citing the risks of coronavirus.

Fixed: this story has been updated with the correct NBA season resumption date. It starts on July 30.

Video: NBA star Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus (CNN)

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