We have actually had some huge names and All-Star quality players COVID-19 has actually primarily spared NBA super stars. Until now. Houston’s Russell Westbrook, an eight-time All-Star and the league’s MVP in 2016-17, announced that he has tested positive for the virus and is disappointing any signs. He stated he remains in quarantine and will join his colleagues when he is able to do so.

Westbrook posted on Twitter that he evaluated positive for COVID-19 before his Rockets were slated to show up in the NBA’s “bubble” environment at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. He likewise encouraged others to take precautions when it concerns the virus.

” Please take this infection seriously,” he wrote. “Be safe. Mask up!”

Just how this could impact the Rockets– seen as a darkhorse competitor getting in the league’s prepared July 30 reboot in Orlando– will deserve enjoying.

Westbrook remains in his first season with Houston after spending his whole career in Oklahoma City. He got off to a rocky start with the Firecrackers, averaging 21.9 points and simply 40.6% shooting in his first 20 games with the team. However he took off as the season went on, and in his last 34 video games, he balanced 30.7 points on 50.9% shooting.

It took Westbrook a while to adjust and took the Firecrackers a while to alter their method so that they might highlight what Westbrook does best.

” We’re giving him area for him to head out there and do what he does at a high level, what he’s been doing for the last 12 years,” fellow star guard James Harden stated over All-Star weekend in February. “You let him go out there and be himself. The convenience level is there. And it’s still only been a couple of months given that he’s been here. He’s still getting changed, but he’s looking more comfy and he’s playing more free.”

The Firecrackers likewise took a gamble on Westbrook’s ability to attack the lane when they traded away center Clint Capela to choose an all small-ball lineup that spreads out the floor and includes forward Robert Covington at center. It’s a dangerous style of play that has produced combined outcomes (Houston is 8-6 since the Capela offer) but the Rockets devoted themselves to it.

Houston enters the NBA reboot sixth in the Western Conference, which would leave them, as things stand now, with a good first-round match against the Nuggets. The Rockets could quickly move up– they’re only 2.5 video games behind Denver at No. 3, 1.0 video game behind Utah at No. 4 and connected, record-wise, with Oklahoma City at No. 5.

Even if the group does stagnate up, they are entering the remainder of this season with an unexpected quantity of self-confidence for a group that has been inconsistent.

General manager Daryl Morey said, back in mid-June, that not just do the Firecrackers have an opportunity however they “need to win.”

” It’s basketball pressure,” Morey stated when asked if his group was dealing with pressure. “I believe we’ve seen real pressure on the planet today and luckily it appears like some genuine, material modifications are being made and everyone’s taking a look at themselves. But basketball pressure-wise, it’s a lot. Once again, 2 of the best gamers ever on our group, we should win this thing.”

Of course, Morey was making the anticipation that Westbrook would be on hand. He most likely will, eventually. However that’s just if continues to reveal no symptoms from COVID-19, can get to Orlando securely and will have the ability to enter into game shape rapidly. If that does not occur, Houston’s hopes of competing are dashed.