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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Houston Rockets forward-guard Danuel House Jr. will leave the NBA campus and not return after a league investigation found that House “had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus,” violating restart health and safety protocols, the league said Friday in a news release.
There was no evidence that other players or staff had contact with the guest or were involved in the incident, the league said.
House missed Games 3 and 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers due to personal reasons and will miss Game 5 on Saturday with the Lakers up 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. This is a loss for the Rockets, who counted on House providing depth in the series. He had 13 points in Game 2.
Danuel House Jr. is leaving the NBA bubble after breaking protocol. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)
“It’s never a good time, like an injury, but the whole COVID thing is different, so you just deal with it,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said before Thursday’s loss to the Lakers. “We’ve got enough. You just go forward. Concentrate on what we’ve got, then try to get the job done.”
A woman entered the Rockets’ team hotel Monday night and left early Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the situation. The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly due to the sensitive nature of the issue.
The league has strict guidelines on its campus to prevent COVID-19 from having a significant impact on the restart. With limited positive tests since players and staff arrived in early July, the league has maintained a safe environment.
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