NBA Notes: Rockets Vs Thunder Postponed Due to COVID, First of Many?
The Rockets did not have eight players available necessary to play the Thunder on opening night due to possible COVID-19 cases. The postponed game does not have a scheduled time set just yet. James Harden recreational activities caused the NBA to begin an investigation on the possible violations of the league’s safety protocols. The NBA season, just like the MLB and NFL, needs to find a way to deal with the safety of their players, staff and all members during the COVID-19 times.
For the Rockets, it seemed like nothing could get worse with all the new information on Harden’s drama. Well, it got worse. Harden’s leaked video being without a mask and out at a club rose to the top of the wrong things that was going on with the Rockets. Is only day 2 of the NBA, Harden unhappiness with the Rockets is worsening.
The Rockets’ players who tested will have to go through both time a time-based and a test-based resolution. The time-based involves a 10-day period from the first positive test or any more positive tests. The test-based resolution required the person to pass at least two consecutive COVID-19 test at least 24 hours apart. With only a 72-game season, the Rockets’ are in a lot of trouble dealing with the drama and now the possibility of COVID-19/ safety protocol violations.
DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and Kenyon Martin Jr were all put in to the NBA’s contact tracing program. This is the first game postponed by the NBA, the will be put to the test just like the MLB and the NFL were in when handling their COVID cases. In terms of games of being postponed this could be just be the first of many games postponed and possibly a new normality.
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