Russell Westbrook is the latest NBA star to test positive for COVID-19.
The Houston Rockets guard announced Monday on Instagram he’d contracted the coronavirus, revealing he feels well and eager to play again.
“I tested positive for COVID-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook wrote in the post. “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. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask Up! #whynot.”
The Rockets traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. on July 9, though Westbrook wasn’t on the team flight. Neither was fellow Rockets teammate James Harden. Houston did not disclose why he’s yet to join the team, but the duo is expected to arrive this week, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Per the NBA’s new health and safety protocols, players can join their teams on campus once they’ve returned two negative tests within a 24-hour period and aren’t experiencing symptoms. Upon arrival in Orlando, players must quarantine again for 48 hours in their accommodations and test negative twice more before practicing with their team.