NBA ousts Rockets forward House after bubble violation

Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. shoots a three point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 6, 2020. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo)
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Updated 12 September 2020

NBA ousts Rockets forward House after bubble violation

  • House was found to have violated coronavirus prevention rules by having an unauthorized guest in his hotel room

NEW YORK: Houston Rockets forward Danuel House will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs after a violation of COVID-19 quarantine rules, the league announced Friday.
The NBA season, shut down March 11 by the coronavirus pandemic, resumed in July in a bubble atmosphere under strict health and safety rules at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The league conducted an investigation into House’s actions and found he had violated rules by having an unauthorized guest in his hotel room.
“The NBA has concluded its investigation of a recent violation of campus health and safety protocols,” the league said in a statement.
“The findings are that (I) Houston Rockets forward Danuel House had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus and (II) no evidence was found that other players or staff had contact with the guest or were involved in this incident.”
The statement said House would leave the NBA campus and not play again for the Rockets this season.
The remainder of the Rockets might soon follow House out of the bubble.
Houston trails the Los Angeles Lakers 3-1 in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series with game five on Saturday.
In nine playoff appearances, House averaged 11.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game.

 

 

 


Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Sakhir F1 GP

Updated 01 December 2020

Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Sakhir F1 GP

  • The team issued a statement saying Hamilton was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time
  • Hamilton is in isolation in accordance with the health protocols in Bahrain

World champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said Tuesday.
The team issued a statement saying Hamilton was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit where he won the Grand Prix.
“But he up woke Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive,” the team said. “Lewis, therefore, took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.”
Hamilton is in isolation in accordance with the health protocols in Bahrain.
“Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery,” the team statement said.
The 35-year-old Hamilton appeared to be drained at the end of the race in Bahrain.
“It’s physical, this track has always been physical. We’ve got lots of high-speed corners so I was definitely feeling it,” he said soon after the GP. “I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn’t really quite sure how it would play out at the end.”
There is another race in Bahrain on Sunday — on Sakhir’s shorter outer circuit — before the 17-race season concludes in Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton has a big lead in the F1 drivers’ champion with 332 points, well ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on 201 points and Max Verstappen on 189.
The Mercedes team said it would announce a replacement driver later in the week.