Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook did not travel with the team to Florida and did not participate in the team’s first practice. Coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t provide a reason for their absence but said he expects both players to join the team at Disney World.
“I don’t think it’s going to be too many days,” D’Antoni said Saturday. “It will work itself out. Some things you can’t control totally, but in a few days, they’ll be here.”
D’Antoni was asked how much missing the team’s two biggest stars for the first few days of practice will hinder his club.
“It’s not ideal,” he said. “But it’s going to be good, and we’ll be ready to go. It won’t set us back.”
Houston’s first game back from the shutdown is July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Reinforcements for the Kings are on their way to Orlando, Florida.
A day after stating that four members of the team’s traveling party didn’t make the trip, Kings coach Luke Walton told reporters Saturday that two of the players who had tested positive for the coronavirus have been cleared and will travel to the Disney World campus.
Two of the Kings players who tested positive early on have had two consecutive clean tests and are heading to Orlando. Walton would not confirm who those players are.
“F–t it, we deserve this,” Bjelica proclaimed as he left the court in Houston.
Bjelica and his teammates deserved that win back in early December, and they’ll get another chance at the Rockets on the court on Sunday, Aug. 9 in Orlando as they vie for a spot in the postseason.
Always come prepared.
For an NBA player, an XBox 1 or PS4 are high on the list of “must bring” items for the extended stay in the NBA’s Orlando bubble. Players have their priorities, but so do coaches.
According to Kings head coach Luke Walton, he packed the usual stack of clothing items and basic necessities, but he also had a full carry on filled with a luxury item.
“The strangest thing I brought that I’m happy I brought now is I dedicated a whole carry-on bag to my coffee,” Walton said. “Which is seven pounds of coffee beans, my coffee grinder, I’ve got a French press in my room. I knew we were going to be quarantined, so I couldn’t trust whatever was going to be in my room.”
One could imagine bringing your own varieties of Kuerig pods, but Walton has not officially upped his game. Hopefully he has more than some powdered creamer and a flimsy stir straw to work with as he settles in for the long hall at The Yacht Club.
Canada’s four maritime provinces recently introduced a new pandemic “travel bubble” rule. Designed to lift the spirits and the economy of the region, the bubble rule allows residents from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to travel freely between each of the four provinces without the need to quarantine for 14 days upon entry. Residents (as well as seasonal residents in some cases) will, however, be required to provide ID that proves they are a resident of an Atlantic province.
Before you travel, however, keep in mind that the rules are constantly changing, so it’s vital to check with the destination province for specific entry requirements before you travel. Furthermore, the government of Canada is still advising overall that people only travel for essential purposes if possible.
Travelers from other Atlantic provinces are permitted to enter but must fill out a special Travel Declaration Form available on the province’s website. Islanders returning from travel outside of Atlantic Canada (including other Canadian provinces) must self-isolate for 14 days before they will be permitted to travel to another Atlantic province.
In general, residents (even seasonal residents) outside of the Atlantic Bubble are not permitted to enter the province (though there is talk of lifting this requirement in the next couple of weeks so keep checking the website). Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island do not need to fill out any special travel form but they will be required to show ID when entering.
According to the website, the only other people allowed to enter the province are:
Nova Scotia has the most relaxed travel rules presently of any Atlantic province. Canadian travelers from outside the Atlantic Bubble are allowed to enter the province but they must self-isolate for 14 days. However, if someone has already self-isolated in another Atlantic Canadian province, they can enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.
Residents of Atlantic Canada will still need to show ID when entering Nova Scotia. According to the website: “When Atlantic Canadians arrive in Nova Scotia, every adult needs to provide government-issued identification (like a Driver’s License or Health Card) or a utility bill or bank statement that shows their permanent home address. A self-declaration form isn’t required for Atlantic Canadians to enter Nova Scotia.”
Travelers outside the Atlantic region are not allowed to enter New Brunswick unless they own property or are visiting immediate family members in the province. However, even if you fall within those exceptions, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Exceptions to isolation rules for essential workers, going to funerals and more, can be found here.
All visitors, even those from the Atlantic Canada, must provide proof of ID and register their travel. You can pre-register at the border or online (to save time) on the website.