Rockets G Russell Westbrook Tests Positive for COVID-19

Russell Westbrook in 2017. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The Houston Rockets’ star point guard Russell Westbrook revealed via social media on Monday that he had tested positive for coronavirus before departing for Orlando, obliging him to stay in quarantine until he receives two negative tests.

The explosive guard said that he is feeling well and that his intention is to rejoin his team when he is cleared of the virus. Westbrook’s symptoms are mild, and he is not expected to be in quarantine for long.

Westbrook urged fans to take precautions when it comes to COVID-19, saying, “Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!”

While Westbrook doesn’t seem to be worse for the wear, this bit of news has to be concerning for the Rockets as they start ramping up for the NBA restart at the end of the month. Westbrook will not be involved in the team’s practices leading up to the season’s restart, and his availability for the final stretch of the regular season and perhaps the beginning of the playoffs could be in jeopardy.

Houston is currently in 6th place in the Western Conference and is guaranteed a playoff spot, matching up against one of the conference’s top teams in the first round.

The Rockets will look to recover their star point guard as soon as possible with their eyes on a playoff run.