NBA Rumor: Danuel House Incident

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.
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January 20, 2021 | 9:33 pm EST Update