NBA Rules Out Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons from Tonight's All-Star Game Due to Contact Tracing

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NBA Rules Out Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons from Tonight’s All-Star Game Due to Contact Tracing

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The NBA has walked the line of catastrophe.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 76ers All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons came in contact with a barber in the Philadelphia area who tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, it appears neither were in contact with any other players or coaches also in Atlanta for tonight’s festivities. Both also traveled to Atlanta on private planes, per Woj’s report, and have remained in quarantine since their arrival last night.

In other words, it appears the NBA has avoided an utter disaster (for now), but that has not made following the breaking news this morning any easier, especially after so many doubted whether or not hosting an All-Star Game was a good idea in the first place.

The status of both players moving forward will also be a must-follow for the Chicago Bulls, who play the 76ers in their game back from the All-Star break on March 11th.



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.