More than three weeks after leaving the NBA’s campus in Florida for personal reasons, Clippers Center Montrezl Harrell has returned to Walt Disney World. As Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN writes, Harrell posted an Instagram video early Monday morning showing the view from his Disney hotel, and published, “I’m back!!!!!!!!” on Twitter.
Harrell left the NBA campus before last month’s investigations began to attend Grandma’s funeral and be with her family. The 26-year-old was very close to his grandmother, whose death hit him hard. The team had told Harrell to take as much time as he needed to mourn before returning to Orlando.
After leaving the bubble with an apology absence, Harrell will likely be quarantined for just four days now that he is back, as long as he tested negative for coronavirus each of the last seven days of his absence. If he did not follow the league̵
As Youngmisuk notes, the Clippers are the head coaches Doc Rivers was asked on Sunday if the team can have Harrell available for their final seed game this Friday against Oklahoma City.
“We hope so,” Rivers responded. “That’s all I can say.”
Of course, even if Harrell clears quarantine on Thursday, he may need a practice or two to get back up to speed, given that he has not trained with the team since mid-July. But his return to Disney World bodes well for his availability for the season, which is scheduled to begin a week from today.