The inevitable happened to the NBA when Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. It served as the tipping point for the NBA and other major sports league to shut down indefinitely or ultimately cancel their sports events for this year.
With the NBA speculating their future throughout their hiatus, other NBA players went through the coronavirus testing. Currently, 13 people from seven teams were announced to have contracted the virus following Gobert’s result.
A day after Gobert’s results came in, Utah Jazz received another COVID-19 positive result from another of their players. The player is said to be all-star guard Donovan Mitchell. A statement was released about the health of the two affected Utah players:
‘We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward’.
On March 14, Detroit Pistons listed the first non-Utah Jazz player to test positive for the novel coronavirus. The player was named to be forward Christian Wood although it is unclear on how he contracted it.
After just three days, another NBA player was named to be positive for the virus. Kevin Durant revealed to a sports news site that he is one of the four Brooklyn Nets players who added to the COVID-19 cases.
The identities of the other three players are still unknown but the Nets assured in a statement that they are all isolated and under the care of the team’s physician. One player is experiencing symptoms while the others are asymptomatic. Durant said in his interview that he feels fine.
On March 19, the number of affected people in NBA increased rapidly with the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets published statements about it. The 76ers have three of its members positive for the virus while the Lakers and Nuggets listed two and one persons respectively.
All three franchise teams granted anonymity to their people who tested positive. They also guaranteed that they are all currently in isolation under the care of medical staff.
Lastly, Marcus Smart from the Boston Celtics took to Twitter to announce that his result came in positive for COVID-19.
He tweeted, ‘COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP’.