On March 19, it was confirmed that two players of the Los Angeles Lakers had tested positive for COVID-19. Also known as the Coronavirus.
The Lakers players were tested following four members of the Brooklyn Nets being tested positive for the virus. The Nets were the last team that the Lakers played, on March 11, before the NBA’s suspension. This is where the players were most likely exposed to COVID-19.
The Lakers, in an official statement, stated that “both players are currently in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician”. In addition, they added that both players have not been suffering from any symptoms.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports has implied that JaVale McGee is not one of the players that has been tested positive. McGee is known to suffer from asthma and missed part of last season due to pneumonia.
All members, players and staff, have been told to self-quarantine at home. As reported by Tim Bontemps of ESPN, the NBA has put guidelines in place to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.
The guidelines include the closing of all teams’ practice facilities and players being prohibited from using public health clubs, fitness centers, gyms, and college facilities.
Recently a flurry of cases have come to the forefront of the virus in the NBA. The first player to be tested positive was Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. Before teammate Donovan Mitchell was tested positive also.
Christian Wood (Detroit Pistons), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), and Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) have all been confirmed to have contracted the virus too. Along with three other unnamed members of the Nets, one member of the Denver Nuggets, and three members of the Philadelphia 76ers.