“Public health authorities and team doctors have been concerned that, given NBA players’ direct contact with each other and close interactions with the general public, in addition to their frequent travel, they could accelerate the spread of the virus,’’ he said in a statement. “Following two players testing positive last week, others were tested and five additional players tested positive. Hopefully, by these players choosing to make their test results public, they have drawn attention to the critical need for young people to follow C.D.C. recommendations in order to protect others, particularly those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.”
Last week, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had been revealed to have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, as was Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons. The Nets final performed the Pistons on Jan. 29 and the Jazz on Jan. 14, however it will be tough, if not inconceivable, to pinpoint how gamers have turn into contaminated due to how ceaselessly the 30 groups in the league play.
The N.B.A. postponed its season on March 11, shortly after studying that Gobert had examined optimistic for the virus, which has quickly unfold throughout the world — grinding economies to a halt and inflicting hundreds of deaths.
In the United States, virtually all skilled sports activities leagues are at a standstill as many native and state governments prohibit massive gatherings. The N.B.A. has had the most gamers publicly revealed to have the virus, and its season is at risk of being canceled.
Last week, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver mentioned on TNT’s “Inside the N.B.A.” that he anticipated the league to be out of motion for a minimum of a month.
Gobert, the first participant recognized to have examined optimistic, has confronted backlash for making mild of the epidemic in the days main as much as discovering out he had Covid-19, the illness attributable to the virus. The N.B.A. has additionally been criticized for permitting a number of video games to be performed whereas the coronavirus was spreading throughout the United States.
Gobert apologized the day after the N.B.A. season was postponed, saying “I was careless and make no excuse.”