NBA star Russell Westbrook revealed Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19 as the league gears up for its return in Florida later this month. Houston Rockets star Westbrook, the 2017 Most Valuable Player and one of the biggest names in the NBA, said in a statement he was feeling well and was in isolation.
“I tested positive for Covid-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook said on Twitter. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared. Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support,” the 31-year-old added.
“Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!”
NBA announces total 19 positive results before 22 teams travelled to Disney World
The NBA announced Monday that 19 players tested positive this month before 22 teams traveled to the protected Disney World campus, where games are slated to begin July 30. This new batch of positive tests follows the announcement of 25 positive tests during the first phase of the NBA’s testing program in June.
Only two of the 322 players who have arrived in Florida tested positive during their mandated quarantine period, the league said, and all positive cases are in isolation. The NBA did not identify which players tested positive in Florida but noted they never cleared the quarantine phase of the testing program and thus didn’t come into contact with their teammates, team employees or opponents.
The 2 players in question didn’t clear the NBA’s initial quarantine in Florida and were placed in isolation away from the Disney campus. Meanwhile Houston Rockets star Westbrook said he had tested positive, though he hasn’t yet joined his teammates in the Orlando area:
Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes also announced he will be in quarantine for eight more days after mistakenly leaving the NBA’s “bubble” to retrieve a food delivery.