Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell leaves NBA bubble for urgent family matter

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers center Montrezl Harrell left the closed NBA campus to deal with an urgent family matter, the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported and league sources confirmed Friday. Harrell plans to return to the NBA restart at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, at a later date.Prior to the restart, the NBA and its players agreed on rules permitting players to leave campus for certain circumstances, such as the birth of a child, a death in the family or other medical or personal emergencies, according to ESPN.If his absence lasts seven days or fewer, Harrell reportedly will quarantine for four days upon his return to the NBA bubble if he has a negative test each day he’s outside the bubble, per ESPN.Clippers coach Doc Rivers has refrained from specifying which of his team’s players were not yet in Orlando, saying Friday morning, “We don’t talk about that, so we’re going to continue not to talk about it.” Neither Landry Shamet, Ivica Zubac nor Marcus Morris Sr. has been documented with the team in Florida, where the Clippers are scheduled to tip off the restart July 30 with a game against the Lakers. Kawhi Leonard and JaMychal Green arrived shortly after their teammates did last week.Harrell has been a major part of the Clippers’ success. When the season was suspended because of the coronarvirus March 11, the energetic 6-foot-7 center was averaging career-highs in points (18.6), rebounds (7.1) and minutes (27.8) off the bench. The second-seeded Clippers were 44-20 when play was paused.Harrell took part in a Zoom conference with reporters Wednesday, when he said the bubble environment was, in some ways, reminiscent of AAU travel basketball.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “Every guy who’s been through this basketball process has somewhat played on the AAU circuit or knows about it, and everybody knows that the showcase and the nationals were done here,” Harrell said. “I think for the AAU feel, I think guys are kind of more so looking towards getting into game forms and not having fans and stuff in there. Those are things that you have to kind of go through and endure the process of playing AAU and coming up starting in the programs and just trying to build your name.“So you have those times where you’re in gyms when guys don’t have that many fans there, hardly no coaches, so you’ve just got to bring your own energy in order to play and still will your team to win.”last_img

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