The Orlando “bubble” is slowly but surely starting to fill up, but it is the absent players who are making the most talk. For a somber reason, two other big names were, for example, not meeting their team for the big start…
It was a crazy project a few months ago, it is now a concrete reality: the end of the 2019/2020 season will take place in a bubble specially fitted out in Disney World in Orlando. About 3 weeks before the first recovery match, the teams also begin their pilgrimage to Florida.
But more than the entry of the players in this confined world, it is the absence of certain stars which makes enormously react. This Thursday for example, it was Kawhi Leonard who made the choice not to fly with his teammates. Today, there are two other MVPs who seem, for the moment, to have passed their turn.
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Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook have not traveled with teammates to Orlando today, and they are expected to join the team in the near future.
So be careful, ESPN also revealed to us that members of the Rockets’ staff had chosen to travel on their own, without giving any further explanation for the absence of the two players. For some, this could mean that Harden and Westbrook are among Houston members infected with the coronavirus.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, freshly signed by the franchise, would also have chosen to travel alone, to avoid being in contact with his new potentially sick teammates. The preparation will already be short, if more players arrive late, the Rockets could have trouble resuming.
For some pretty funny trolls, the absence of James Harden would hide a last trip to a strip club, before a forced withdrawal of 3 months!