Bucks, Kings Shut Practice Facility Due to Coronavirus Concerns Just Weeks Before NBA Restart
“You don’t want anyone to get sick, but if you’re trying to find a bright side, if you test positive now, most likely, from what I can tell, you’ll be ready to play by the time games come around in Orlando,” Kings coach Luke Walton said last week, according to the newspaper.
"All three of those guys are reporting doing much better," he continued. "We’re doing testing every other day, and for those guys we either send medical staff to them or they’re doing kind of a drive-by testing where they don’t even get out of their car at the facility."
The Bucks and Kings now join the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets as teams that have closed facilities just as the league prepares for the highly-anticipated restart to the season.
Last month, the league approved a proposal to resume the season on July 31, and it is unlike anything the NBA has undertaken before.
Once the 22 teams arrive at Disney World, players will be quarantined in their hotel rooms for 36 to 48 hours until they have two negative coronavirus tests, according to The Ringer. Players won't be allowed to visit each other's hotel rooms but can socialize under restrictions.
But some players and NBA staff have opted to sit out the restart — including Los Angeles Lakers player Avery Bradley — due to safety concerns.
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