The Houston Rockets welcomed back John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon and Mason Jones for Wednesday’s workout ahead of the team’s matchup Thursday against the Sacramento Kings.
Wall, Cousins, Gordon and Jones missed Houston’s first two games as they advanced through a league-mandated seven-day quarantine due to “health and safety protocols.” All four will make their regular-season debuts Thursday night when the Rockets host the Kings at the Toyota Center.
“It was so good to just have everybody there,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “You obviously miss the talent and the ability that those guys have, but you also miss the personalities that they [have], and the smarts that they bring to these situations. During the film session it was great to have those guys chiming in and chirping as we go through the film. It was really, really good to have those guys back.”
Still, the Rockets aren’t yet totally whole with Ben McLemore and K.J. Martin continuing to advance through the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. Silas said he expects both to continue working through the weekend in the league’s coronavirus protocol.
The Rockets (0-2) opened the season against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday with limited lineup options due to six players on the official injury report listed as “out,” while they advanced through the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. Houston played its first two games against the Trail Blazers and the Denver Nuggets with nine players available, one more than the league’s minimum eight players required to play a game.