– Russell Westbrook (@ russwest44) 13 juillet 2020
Westbrook, co-star James Harden and recent addition Luc Mbah a Moute have not traveled with the Rockets to Orlando, Florida.
Coach Mike D’Antoni said on Sunday that he hoped the three players would be able to get to the NBA bubble atmosphere at Disney World in three or four days. The Rockets had refused to specify the reason for the players’ absence.
“These are things that people face,” said D’Antoni.
Players will be required to quarantine in their rooms for 48 hours after arrival before training with the Rockets.
D’Antoni said the three players are training “at home” and expressed optimism that their delayed arrivals would not have a significant impact on the Rockets, particularly once the playoffs begin.
The Rockets are also banned from forward Bruno Caboclo, whose sources told ESPN that he inadvertently broke the initial quarantine period and had to stay in his room for eight more days before joining the activities of the team.