Yesterday, four Brooklyn Nets players tested positive for the coronavirus, including star player Kevin Durant.
The news came as just another surprise to the NBA, which announced an indefinite suspension on March 12th. A total of seven players have now tested positive for the virus, and it could be only a matter of time before more are added to the list.
Of course, the worry now falls on any team who had recent contact with the Nets team. The Los Angeles Lakers are the last team to have played the Nets before the suspension, battling them at the Staples Center on March 10th. According to Mark Medina of the USA Today Network, the Lakers players were tested for the virus at their practice facility earlier today.
Two days before the Lakers however, the Nets played the Chicago Bulls, who have not been as quick to recommend testing for their players, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson. Ten days since the two teams have met, once the Bulls organization learned of the news, they requested four more days of self-quarantine for the players (who have already been self-isolating since returning from Orlando on March 12th).
To this point, no players have expressed any symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, however, as we’ve come to learn, many people can still test positive for the virus without showing any symptoms. In fact, all NBA players tested have been asymptomatic besides Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert. Apparently the organization has been in close communications with the experts at Rush University Medical Center and the NBA though, and this extended self-quarantine comes per their request.
I find it a bit interesting that the team hasn’t received any testing thus far, but I also understand that some teams are likely only moving forward with testing if absolutely necessary due to the lack of test made available to the general public. Regardless, the Bulls players and traveling personnel will now be under their own rook until March 22nd. Hopefully, everyone will be okay!