The Houston Rockets have knocked Daniel House out of the NBA bubble following a league investigation that found he spent several hours with an unauthorized guest in his Disney World hotel room on Sept 8, the NBA announced on Friday.
With the team currently down 3–1 against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals, the Rockets will miss the rest of the postman. Rocket still lists House as “personal reasons”.
Fortunately for the Rockets, the NBA said that it determined that the guest had no contact with the rest of the team.
The NBA concluded the investigation and found that Danuel House Jr. was a guest in his room on Sept 8 for several hours and has left the bubble. pic.twitter.com/B8x3qx6y7V
– Chris Haynes (@chrisbions) September 11, 2020
Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes reported on Thursday that the league had allegedly allowed a female COVID-19 testing officer to house in his hotel room. The NBA’s bubble rulebook allows each other hotel rooms, even team people.
Athletic said in the report that the officer did not implicate the House when asked questions, but said he had contact with Rocket backup center Tyson Chandler and another unnamed player. The NBA reportedly approved Chandler.
Rocket season is already over
The losing house, which averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 31.4 minutes per game in the playoffs, is a significant setback for the Rockets, but it’s hard to believe that their future will be different because of it.
The Rockets are 3-1 down against the Lakers and look like a lost cause for Game 4, until a very late rally in the final moments. After encouraging Game 1, the team had some answers in the paint for LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Lakers lineup.
NBA’s first big bubble violation since the play started
The House’s transition is the fourth known violation of bubble rules, and the first drama at Disney World began in late July.
By far, the most infamous may have been Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, who made headlines when he visited a strip club in Atlanta over an apparent absence from Bubbles to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Williams was assessed a 10-day quarantine upon returning to the bubble after watching his trip by the NBA.
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes and Rockets Bruno Kaboko were hit with a 10-day quarantine for violating the rules shortly after arrival. Holmes admitted that he was picking chicken wings after cleaning the quarantine, while Kabolo broke the quarantine because he simply did not know the rules.
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