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Report: John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins to Miss Rockets' Opener Due to COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will miss the Rockets’ season opener towards the Thunder on Wednesday attributable to COVID-19 contact tracing, in keeping with The Athletic’s Shams Charania

Charania reviews Houston might presumably be with out extra gamers on account of the contact tracing. 

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wall has examined damaging for the virus however is amongst a gaggle of Rockets gamers despatched house on Wednesday due to a teammates’ constructive take a look at. That participant will probably be examined once more to substantiate if he is contracted the coronavirus, sources instructed Wojnarowski.

Houston introduced on Tuesday that reserve guard Ben McLemore is in self-isolation and can miss the opener. In line with Wojnarowski, McLemore examined constructive for COVID-19 “days in the past” and is not the teammate that initiated the workforce’s contact tracing on Wednesday.

The NBA’s medical handbook states gamers should self-isolate if “he both 1. returned a constructive or inconclusive coronavirus take a look at consequence and has not but been totally cleared to renew basketball actions, or 2 is at the moment topic to a COVID-19 associated quarantine (e.g., has not examined constructive for the coronavirus however has been directed by his workforce and/or the NBA to quarantine pursuant to the well being and security protocols).”

The information comes because the Rockets had been seeking to transfer previous their tumultuous offseason within the new 2020-21 season. 

Nevertheless, James Harden’s standing for the sport is up within the air whereas the workforce is working with the NBA workplace to evaluate a video of him at a current Christmas get together held at a membership. The date of the video, which circulated on social media via Black Sports Online earlier this week, is unconfirmed. Whether it is deemed to be current, it might put the Rockets star in violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

Harden responded to the report on Wednesday afternoon.

“One factor after one other. I went to indicate like to my homegirl at her occasion (not a strip membership) as a result of she is turning into a boss and placing her folks in place of success and now it is an issue [sic],” he wrote on-line. “Regardless of what number of occasions folks attempt to drag my title below you may’t.”

As famous within the league’s well being and security protocols, a failure to adjust to protocols might end in particular person disciplinary motion by the NBA or workforce and will end in a warning, wonderful and/or suspension. 

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