2 Lakers, 3 Sixers positive for COVID

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TWO members of the Los Angeles Lakers have tested positive for the new coronaviru­s yesterday as the Philadelph­ia 76ers also confirmed that three of their players had contracted the disease.

The Lakers said they tested their players because on March 10 they played the Brooklyn Nets, who had four players previously test positive for the virus. The Lakers said team doctors are closely monitoring the two players.

“We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive,” said Lakers spokespers­on Alison Bogli in a news release. “Both players are currently asymptomat­ic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.

“All players and members of the Lakers staff are being asked to continue to observe selfquaran­tine and shelter at home guidelines, closely monitor their health, consult with their personal physicians and maintain constant communicat­ion with the team.”

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Like the Sixers, the Lakers declined to name the players who tested positive.

Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets also announced positive tests on Thursday for COVID19.

On Wednesday, commission­er Adam Silver said NBA players should be considered “super spreaders” of the disease. Silver’s comments came amid criticism that wealthy athletes are getting tested for the virus ahead of critically ill patients in American hospitals.

The Sixers said their three individual­s were in self-isolation while being monitored by medical profession­als.

“Three individual­s have received positive test results for COVID-19,” the Sixers said. “All other tests results are currently negative. We have reported this informatio­n to state and local health authoritie­s as required.”

“The health of our players, staff, fans and community is paramount, and we continue to be guided by medical experts at this time,” the team said.

Also, the Celtics said Thursday at least one player tested positive as part of a series of tests they are conducting on their team. Immediatel­y after the Celtics announceme­nt, guard Smart revealed he had tested positive.

Smart said he was tested five days ago and got the results back on Thursday night.

“What’s up everyone,” said Smart in a video on his Twitter account. “So I just found out I tested positive for the coronaviru­s. I am OK. I feel fine. I don’t feel any of the symptoms.

“Help protect others by protecting yourself.”

The Celtics said Smart would continue to be isolated.

“The testing was initiated because of exposure to a known positive case,” a Celtics spokesman said. “The team is awaiting further testing results and will communicat­e them as appropriat­e.”

Earlier, the Denver Nuggets said one member of the organisati­on had tested positive, but did not specify whether the person was a player.

“The person, who was tested after experienci­ng symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 16th, is currently under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation,” the team said.

These are just the latest NBA players to test positive for COVID-19 since Utah’s Rudy Gobert was confirmed to have contracted the disease last week, prompting the league to impose an indefinite suspension on play.

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