Two Sacramento Kings Stars Test Positive for Coronavirus
Sacramento Kings players Jabari Parker and Alex Len have both tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the planned more to end the NBA season.
With a restart looming, a projected start is slated for July 31st, multiple reports of players being diagnosed with COVID-19 will be a real concern for NBA officials as well as players and coaching staff.
22 teams are set to move to the ‘bubble’ created at Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, with the remainder of the 2019-20 season set to be completed all in one venue. Access to the venue and facilities will be strictly monitored and therefore reports of players testing positive prior to their arrival is something of a double-edged sword.
On the one hand these reports surfacing now, ahead of the planned arrival to the resort this month, at least shows that an effective screening process is in hand. However the viability of the restart may well be called into question if a large proportion of those involved are testing positive.
Jabari Parker, 25, released a statement on his condition on Wednesday;
“Several days ago I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain,” Parker added; “I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”
Len stated on his Instagram page;
“I want to thank the Sacramento Kings for their great care and the NBA for putting the protocols in place to allow me to catch this early,” Len’s statement said. “I have immediately entered isolation and look forward to being cleared and rejoining my teammates for our playoff push.”
Both players hope to successfully complete their quarantine ahead of rejoining their teammates.