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John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins frustrated by NBA’s quarantine ruling


#Former #All-Stars #John #Wall and #DeMarcus #Cousins returned to the #Houston #Rockets at #Wednesday’s practice, which will allow them to finally make their 2020-21 season debuts on #Thursday versus #Sacramento.

They had hoped, of course, to be with the #Rockets when the regular season began last week. #However, the NBA league office subjected them to a seven-day quarantine after finding that they had been in close proximity to teammate KJ #Martin #Jr. during a haircut session. #Martin, as it was later discovered, was positive for COVID-19 at the time.

#That seven-day absence caused #Wall and #Cousins to miss #Houston’s initial two games, both losses. #But as of #Wednesday, their quarantine was completed, and they’re back with the team moving forward.

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#Nonetheless, it clearly made for a frustrating ordeal, especially since each player repeatedly tested negative throughout the process. #Here’s what both had to say about the subject after #Wednesday’s practice.

#John #Wall:

I was mad. I ain’t gonna cap, I was hot. …

I didn’t do anything wrong. #All I did was get a haircut in my apartment. #One of my teammates tested positive the next day. The next four or five tests I had all came back negative.

#It was me and three people getting a haircut. #Like, I can’t get a haircut? I’d rather cut it in my apartment than be in a barbershop somewhere, where random people are coming in constantly. #Even the barber tested negative. #That was the frustrating thing… I was getting ready for shootaround and had just worked out, and they came out here and got me and said, ‘You’ve got to get off the court, you’ve got to go home for seven days of quarantine.’ I’m like, ‘What?’

#DeMarcus #Cousins, with initial sarcasm:

#Oh, I was excited. I loved it. I had a blast at home.

I think y’all saw my tweet, so we’ll leave it at that. …

#It was tough. #It’s tough in general, to be sitting around for seven days. #No type of activity, just in quarantine. #It’s tough for any person, but especially a professional athlete. #Sitting at home for seven days straight, then jumping back into a full-speed practice or game… there’s not a lot of positive things on that side. #Like I said , maneuver through the BS, and make the best of what you can.

#With #Wall and #Cousins both expected to play, the #Rockets return to action on #Thursday night for their first home game of the 2020-21 regular season. #Tipoff between the #Rockets (0-2) and #Kings (3-1) is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. #Central from #Toyota #Center, with the game televised on AT&T #SportsNet #Southwest throughout usual #Houston markets.



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##John ##Wall ##DeMarcus ##Cousins #frustrated #NBAs #quarantine #ruling

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