What House hadn’t counted on, was that the NBA hotels at Disney were wired up with cameras and sensors. Before long, sources say, it was undeniable that House, himself, had broken the rules. And it was House who had tried, clumsily, to cover his tracks by blaming a teammate. House didn’t play again in the bubble. The Rockets ended their season with four straight losses and more than a little anger. A few weeks later, a TrueHoop source saw House and Harden shooting around. House tried to greet Harden. Harden refused to even acknowledge him.
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Another source told me many players see it as an affront that House is still on the team and in training camp right now.
House spoke Wednesday at Toyota Center, where he and other players are starting training camp activities for the upcoming 2020-21 season. In a virtual media availability session, House said the following: I’d like to start off by apologizing to my team, the organization, and the owner for the mishap that happened in the bubble. I’m focused. It’s behind me. It’s in the past. New year, new season. I’m learning, and I’m looking forward to growing and expanding. I’d like to deeply apologize to the fans, also. If you felt I let you down, sincere apologies from me, Danuel House Jr., to everyone.
Ben DuBose: Eric Gordon on the whether Danuel House Jr. needs to rebuild trust in the locker room: “No. He just needs to play basketball. … He’s just got to come out and play. I wouldn’t say that he needs to worry about anything.”
Speaking on “The Joe Budden Podcast” over the weekend, Durant was asked about the Houston swingman’s reported bedroom visit from a female COVID-19 testing official who worked in the bubble. Although the incident resulted in House missing three games against the Lakers and being booted early from Orlando (the Rockets were eliminated shortly after), Durant didn’t object too much to House’s actions. “If you’ve been in a bubble away from some action for three months? I mean, you can’t blame him, dog,” said Durant, the Nets star who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles and did not partake in the bubble postseason with Brooklyn. “And I heard it was no females at all outside of [COVID testers.] The maids were all men, there was nothing but men around.
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.
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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Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant says he’s not concerned about Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status. “We trust in Kyrie and I expect us to have our whole team at some point.”
Ben Rohrbach: Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving’s availability: “I expect it not to be [an issue]. That’s on Kyrie and that’s his personal decision. … We trust in Kyrie. I expect us to have our whole team at some point.”
Ian Begley: Kyrie Irving will not be at Media Day in Brooklyn today, sources confirm. NYC mandate states that all Knicks/Nets need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to practice/play home games in NYC. Nets training camp is in San Diego. Irving may talk to media via Zoom. ESPN first reported.
Brian Lewis: According to NY rules, Kyrie Irving can’t play or practice at home until he gets a vaccination shot. Kevin Durant: “We trust in Kyrie and I expect us to have our whole team at some point.” #Nets #NBA
Brian Lewis: KD on whether inking long-term will help convince Kyrie Irving and James Harden to do the same: “We all three talked about playing here for a long time but their situations will happen on their time and we all respect that.” #Nets #NBA
Alex Schiffer: Kevin Durant said he trusted LaMarcus Aldridge’s judgement when he found out LA wanted to come back. Didn’t try and talk him out of it like Marks did. Said he knew LA was 49 points from 20K and was bummed he wouldn’t be able to get it. Now is pumped to be able to see him hit it.