The Clippers closed their practice facility to players and staff Thursday as a precaution following a positive test for the coronavirus for a member of the team’s traveling party, which was preparing to head to Orlando, Florida, next week to prepare for the season restart. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the development.
It’s the first report of positive test within the Clippers camp.
In a Zoom chat with reporters on Wednesday, Coach Doc Rivers said that he didn’t know of any members of the Clippers team or staff having tested positive.
“Not that I know of,” he said. “Again, I wouldn’t even know that information, which is good. I think so far, at least in our homestead, so far, so good. Guys have done a great job trying to protect themselves, but this virus, he’s a mean customer. So we’re just doing our best here.”
Earlier Thursday, the league announced that of the tests administered to 344 NBA players between June 24-29, nine players tested positive for the COVID-19. Twenty-five of 351 players tested positive since testing began on June 23, per the NBA, which added that in tests conducted of 884 team staff between June 23-29, 10 tested positive.
Per the league’s policy: “Any player, coach or team staff member who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until they satisfy public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and have been cleared by a physician.”
On Wednesday, Clippers guard Landry Shamet said he wasn’t concerned about life inside an NBA bubble in Orlando, in part because the disease is so widespread — including in L.A. County, where public health officials reported Thursday that another 55 LA County residents died due to coronavirus-related causes — 20 more than the number reported Wednesday.
“If there’s a scenario where you feel more comfortable, it would be being in a bubble that’s as controlled as any environment can be,” Shamet said. “There’s no option with no risk at this point. You can go get it going to get gas today down the street. It’s obviously a concern, but I think we’re in the best possible situation and scenario to combat that.”
After a positive test for the coronavirus in the Los Angeles Clippers traveling party headed to Orlando next week, the organization closed its practice facility to players and staff as a precaution today, sources tell ESPN.
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