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Russell Westbrook And James Harden Test Positive For COVID-19

Russell Westbrook And James Harden Test Positive For COVID-19

Russell Westbrook and James Harden won't be going to Orlando, at least for now.

According to Elite Media Group, the Rockets duo have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus just days before their team was due to fly out to the safeguarded bubble in Florida for the NBA restart.

Houston, who face Dallas in their opening game on August 1, will now have to do so without their two biggest stars.

Further reports suggest Harden's positive test occurred during the days leading up to his travel.

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Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

As for 2017 MVP Westbrook, he took to social media to reveal his news: "I tested positive for COVID-19 prior to my team's departure to Orlando."

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"I'm currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to re-joining my team-mates when I am cleared.

"Thank you for the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!"

With the relaunched competition set to resume on July 30, every player from all 22 teams will go through rigorous testing to ensure Walt Disney World in Orlando is a COVID-free zone.

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According to figures released by the NBA, 25 out of 351 players tested positive between June 23 and 29 while only 10 out of the 884 staff members tested returned positive cases.

As for Westbrook and Harden, their two-week quarantine period means they're set to miss the Rockets' opener against Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Basketball, NBA, Coronavirus, Australia, Covid-19

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.