A key Rockets player has left the Orlando bubble, according to reports.


A key Rockets player has left the Orlando bubble, according to reports.

Austin Rivers departed the Orlando bubble just as the Houston Rockets were getting back to full strength, putting his NBA resume in jeopardy. Rivers is attending to a “important family problem,” according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, but wants to return to Disney this weekend.

“Sources say @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium that Rockets guard Austin Rivers has departed the Orlando bubble due to an urgent family emergency,” Charania said on Twitter. “Austin Rivers of the Rockets is expected to return to the Orlando bubble this weekend, according to sources.”

Rivers’ return to the court will be complicated by the NBA’s COVID-19 testing requirements, as he will be compelled to isolate once he returns. Rivers will almost certainly require a series of negative tests before being cleared to return to the club. The Rockets’ first game against the Mavericks on July 31 could be pushed back due to this timeframe.

Rivers is a vital rotational player for the Rockets, averaging more than 23 minutes per game despite not being a starter. Rivers is a vital component of the Rockets’ roster, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.

“First and foremost, I pray Austin Rivers’ family situation is resolved,” Smith tweeted. “As with everything, family comes first!” In terms of basketball, Houston already has the shortest rotation in the league. Not only in terms of height, but also in terms of players. Losing even one of them would be a significant hit to their depth.”

Westbrook has been cleared to participate in the Rockets’ first practice.

The Rockets’ bad news is that Russell Westbrook has been cleared to participate in the team’s first scrimmage at Disney World. On July 24, Westbrook is anticipated to play in the Rockets’ game against the Raptors.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, “Russell Westbrook plans to play in the Rockets’ scrimmage against the Raptors tonight.” “Since clearing the NBA’s quarantine protocol, he’s practiced twice.”

‘He’s faster than everyone still on the court,’ Harden says of Westbrook.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Westbrook was a late arrival to the Orlando bubble. Westbrook has made a swift recovery thus far, as the All-Star was cleared to travel to Orlando to join the Rockets before being cleared to practice. Fans should expect the same Westbrook on the court, according to James Harden, who was also a late arrival in Orlando.

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