Jonathan Feigen: House initially denied involvement in the incident according to the individual with familiar with the probe of the incident. As the investigation progressed, however, House did confirm the NBA’s findings, according to another individual with knowledge of the investigation. He was instructed to leave the NBA’s Florida campus and will not return this season.
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Ben Golliver: Rockets’ James Harden on Danuel House investigation: “It affected us because obviously it’s a distraction and he’s a huge part of our rotation. You still have to go out there and try to compete and try to win games.” pic.twitter.com/MqfEDwra6N
Adam Wexler: #Rockets Mike D’Antoni asked for his thoughts before game 5 today on Danuel House:”I don’t have any thoughts, in the sense we have to play tonight. The team can address that later, just thinking about playing & winning tonight.”
Adam Wexler: #Rockets Danuel House & Tyson Chandler are listed OUT for tonight’s game 5; House (personal reasons) & Chandler (neck/spasms). League announced yesterday House left the bubble & will not participate in games the rest of the playoffs.
The Rockets trail the Lakers, 3-1, in their best-of-seven series, with Game 5 scheduled for Saturday night. The unauthorized guest was a woman who had worked on campus several weeks ago as a temperature checker, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to publicly discuss it. It was not clear how she had managed to gain access to the property, which has secure checkpoints around the perimeter. But House propped one of the hotel doors open for her, the person said.
Tim Reynolds: The Rockets’ Tyson Chandler, who was out for Game 3 earlier this week for personal reasons as well, has been cleared of any wrongdoing, AP is told. Chandler was with the Rockets for Game 4 last night.
Jonathan Feigen: NBA announces that Rockets F Danuel House Jr. is out for the remainder of the playoffs. League determined “House had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus.” No other staff members or players were deemed to be involved.
Alykhan Bijani: Coach D’Antoni says that Danuel House will not play tonight for the #Rockets. “As far as I know, he’s OUT”
Kelly Iko: D’Antoni on whether House will play again this series: “The investigation is going on. So when they come out with the ruling, we’ll go from there”
Spencer Dinwiddie: Obviously I wasn’t in the bubble so I don’t know the official rules and that’s my disclaimer. But from the outside looking in *no pun intended* If she’s permitted to be in the bubble, and he’s permitted to be in the bubble. Grown ppl can make safe decisions… *pun intended*
ESPN reported on Wednesday that House’s status for the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals is in jeopardy due to the investigation. Yahoo Sports! reported on Thursday morning that the league is investigating House for allegedly allowing a female testing official into his hotel room.
Here is what The Athletic has been able to confirm via multiple sources: A female entered the Rockets’ team hotel on Monday night, passing multiple security checkpoints before being flagged for her entry, sources said. She exited the hotel in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and the league cited early data points that implicated two members of the Rockets, House and Tyson Chandler, sources said. When the female was questioned by NBA security, she did not implicate House’s name and it is uncertain whether she remains on campus, sources said. She claimed to have contact with Chandler and another player, not named House, according to sources.
According to sources, the Rockets’ entire team had to enter a quarantine period on Tuesday due to the potential exposure. Those sources said there appears to be no video connecting House and the female; only the flagging of her entering and leaving the hotel, and the possibility of a door opening and closing to match those timelines. The NBA has informed involved parties that it has circumstantial evidence implicating House.
Chandler was cleared on Wednesday and was not listed on the team’s injury report for Thursday’s Game 4, where House was listed out. The league’s investigation cleared Chandler and focused toward House on Wednesday, sources said. “This is done out of precaution and making sure the NBA’s campus standards are upheld,” one source with knowledge told The Athletic.
Houston Rockets reserve Danuel House Jr. is under investigation by the league for allegedly allowing a female COVID-19 testing official into his hotel room, and his status for the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers is in question, sources told Yahoo Sports.
House maintains his innocence, sources said, and a decision from the league is expected before Game 4 on Thursday.
Opposing teams are closely monitoring how the league handles this situation. The Rockets are the lone remaining team staying at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort, which is where the team undergoes its daily testing.
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September 20, 2020 | 2:19 pm EDT Update
“You want to start with whoever our free agents are,” Ujiri said. “There’s a priority for Fred. We also have to look at the game and see where the game is going. We are all waiting on the cap to see where the numbers fall. We also have to look at free agency in 2021. We have to look at the short-term future and the long-term future. “This is where we really have to buckle down and make an assessment of what bubble basketball was against what the outside-the-bubble basketball was. This is our time. You support as much as you want during the bubble, during the playoffs. But now is the time to work.
So the Lakers knew that when it was their turn to face Denver, there would be no letting up no matter what the scoreboard said. Game 2 is Sunday night. The Lakers know the job is far from over. “No lead is safe with this team, in the game or in the series,” Lakers star Anthony Davis said. “They have proven that they are a second-half team, where they come out and just destroy teams in the second half and prove that even if they are down a series, they are a team that’s going to be resilient and keep fighting no matter what the score is, what the situation is. “When we have a lead, we have to lock in even more.”
Jokic is the only center to have more than 37% of his team’s assists, which he’s done each of the past two seasons. The other players cited as the best passing centers don’t come close. Chamberlain famously racked up big assist numbers for two seasons, but that was partially because he averaged nearly 47 minutes per game. On a per-minute basis, he can’t touch Jokic. Nor can Walton, whose best season by this measure (29% assist share in 1977-78, when he was named MVP) ranks comfortably outside the top 10. The same goes for Sabonis, whose best season (25% assist share in 2002-03, his final NBA campaign at age 38) doesn’t crack the top 50.
Murray has never publicly commented on what Porter had to say that night, but his answer Saturday suggested he’d seen a change in Porter’s approach. “I just think his patience right now,” Murray said. “He might not touch it every single time on the court, but when he gets a good look, we know he’s gonna put it up and most likely make it. His rebounding is incredible. He’s got a really good nose for the ball. Shot blocking’s there. So, all his instincts are there. … I think he’s going to be a big factor in this series against the Lakers.”
September 20, 2020 | 12:22 pm EDT Update
So, I asked, how did Lakers coach Frank Vogel see it after he had watched the film? “We were definitely the aggressors in the game, and the box score I have right here has us with 28 (fouls),” Vogel said. “We got called for 28 fouls. They got called for 26.” It was a savvy stance to take, albeit oversimplified. So as Vogel left his media session to rejoin his team, I admitted to him that I hadn’t noticed that the final fouls tally was in the Nuggets’ favor. “I do my research,” he said with a grin.
When Orange County Register Lakers beat writer Kyle Goon asked Vogel about James’ shot selection this season, it was refreshing to hear a candid and fascinating response from the Lakers coach rather than something more political. James, whose midrange jumper has been so effective for so many years now, has focused more on shots at the rim and beyond the arc this season, in part because of the message being sent by the coaching staff. “It is definitely a coaching point,” Vogel said. “You know, we want to have an analytics-based shot selection mindset with our team. … It’s the free throw No. 1; layup dunk No. 2; corner 3, No. 3; arc 3, No. 4, and midrange is the fifth priority shot we could have. But I will not ever tell my team not to take midrange shots if they are open shots. The No. 1 analytic for me is ‘Are you open?’ or ‘Are you guarded?’ That applies to shots at the rim, applies to 3-point line and applies to midrange. I’ll take an open shot over any zone that you can put up the shot from, and we want to work for open shots.”
“We’re not trying to intimidate anyone,” said Rondo, who had seven points, nine assists and a plus-13 in nearly 22 minutes. “We’re just playing basketball. With the guys we have — Dwight (and his) physical ability, he’s just playing the game. No one’s out there trying to bully people. We’re playing to our strengths. “I’ve been telling (Howard) the last two weeks (that) he’s going to be our X-factor in the series. I’m very happy that he got an opportunity to come out and play and display his talent, and show how much we need him. Like I said, I told him in the Houston series, things don’t go his way sometimes but in a championship run you need all 15 guys, and that’s what we displayed (in Game 1). Coach being able to go deep in the bench, and use guys that we haven’t used last series, so it’s a testament to the management, the way we’re able to be flexible — go small, go big, and (in Game 1) Dwight Howard, especially, was great for us.”
“This has been something I’ve never dealt with. There’s a lot going on for me individually, (and) for my family. And then the rehab, just with (the coronavirus in society) and the bubble and trying to do the best that I can to not have to quarantine for many days coming back here and having to quarantine — basically taking five days off from treatment and rehab and then trying to get myself ready to play in the Eastern Conference Finals, that’s something that’s a daunting task for sure. So for me … I’ve tried to do the best I can each day with it, and not put pressure on myself and just try to help us win basketball games, honestly.”
“To be honest, I didn’t get much sleep the last 48 hours,” Brown, who clashed with Smart in the passionate locker room scene, said when asked about the recovery process for their team. “I was so antsy to get back and play basketball. I don’t think the last two games exemplify what this team is about. So, I couldn’t wait to come out and be the best version of myself and try to add to a win. And I’m glad to be a part of this team and this organization and I’m proud of how we responded. … At the end of the day, we’re a family. We represent this organization. We represent each other and we won’t ever let anything come in between that. We’ve got a tremendous opportunity and we understand that and nothing’s going to stop us from trying to maximize that.”
Back in February, Us Weekly published a story about how Vanessa had been leaning on her mother, Sofia Laine, as she grieved the loss of Kobe and hers and Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Giannia. Laine had moved in with Vanessa at one point, but she now says her daughter has kicked her out of the Bryant home. Laine sat down for an interview with Univision that is set to air in its entirety on Monday. A preview clip, which is only in Spanish, was shared on social media. According to Erika Marie of Hot New Hip Hop, a teary-eyed Laine claims in the interview that her daughter has kicked her out of the Bryant home and demanded that she return a car Vanessa had given to her.