James L. Dolan, the proprietor of the Knicks, has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, the workforce introduced Saturday night time in an announcement.
The assertion stated Dolan was in self-isolation however was “experiencing little to no symptoms.” He is the first proprietor in the N.B.A. publicly identified to have examined optimistic for the virus, which has now precipitated not less than 2,000 deaths in the United States. At least 10 N.B.A. gamers have additionally examined optimistic for the virus, and the N.B.A. season has been suspended since March 11.
It was not instantly clear how or why Dolan was examined, given the lack of accessible checks in the United States and in New York particularly. That a number of N.B.A. groups obtained testing, whereas these with much less monetary means and infrequently extra extreme signs couldn’t, has develop into a flash level in the wake of the season’s cancellation. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York made critical comments this month after the Nets announced that four of their players had tested positive, though only one had shown symptoms.
The guidelines issued by the New York City Department of Health “strongly recommends against testing persons with mild illness who can be safely managed at home, unless a diagnosis may impact patient management.”
But in the case of professional sports franchises, they often have existing relationships with medical centers as well as their own team doctors.
On March 18, a week after the season had been suspended, a spokesman for the Knicks said: “We have been following the recommendations of local and national health officials and continue to monitor our players closely. As of now, with our players remaining asymptomatic, none of them have been tested for Covid-19. We will remain in close contact with health officials and the N.B.A. and N.H.L.”
A Knicks spokesman declined to comment on Dolan’s test. In the statement, the team said Dolan continued to oversee business operations.