NEW YORK – The NBA said on Wednesday that 48 players have tested positive for the coronavirus since testing resumed last week.
The league and the National Basketball Players Association said 546 players were tested between November 24 and November 30 in the initial testing phase after returning to the team markets. That means that about 9% of the tests were positive.
Any player with a confirmed positive test will be isolated until approved by the rules set by the league and unions, in accordance with CDC guidelines. According to the competition’s health and safety protocols for this season, anyone with a positive test in this pre-camp phase “must obtain medical clearance from a team-appointed physician and a competition-appointed physician before entering and participating in a team facility activities organized by the team or in person with other members of their team.
The league made it clear in its pre-season accompaniment to teams sent late last week that some players were expected to test positive.
“During this pandemic, all these things will be different this season,” Dallas All-Star Luka Doncic said on Tuesday. “Some players can get corona, get sick and be out of the team for 10 days. So I think that’s going to be a big part – what team isn’t going to have positive people. It will be a lot of time together. I think that will be the key. “
Players needed three negative PCR tests between November 24 and 30 before they could be released to start individual workouts, which will last all week. A handful of teams are expected to be allowed to start group sessions or 5v5 practices on Friday, most others on Sunday and Golden State on Monday.
Anyone with a confirmed positive test must also successfully complete a heart exam before they can play again. It is possible that some of the 48 positive players will not be cleared before the NBA pre-season schedule starts on December 11. The regular season starts on December 22.
“I am convinced that the league will do everything it can to do things the right way and to protect us, to protect the players and the staff. Then who knows? Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday, ahead of the Warriors revealing that two players had positive tests. “I mean, it’s 2020. I think we just need to go into it with an open mind and do our best to see what happens. “
The NBA did not let players test positive when they entered the Walt Disney World bubble in July for the season’s restart near Orlando, Florida. A very small number of individuals tested positive after arriving at Disney, but before they were removed from quarantine and entered the bubble, a sign the NBA pointed to as proof that the system worked.