Celtics' Marcus Sensible and a pair of Lakers Be part of Checklist of NBA Gamers Who Have Examined Optimistic for Coronavirus

Celtics' Marcus Smart and 2 Lakers Join List of NBA Players Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus

At the least three extra NBA gamers have examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Celtics taking pictures guard Marcus Sensible introduced on Twitter Thursday that he has examined optimistic for the respiratory virus, urging his followers and followers to apply social distancing to stall the unfold.

“I used to be examined 5 days in the past and the outcomes got here again tonight, which have been optimistic,” the athlete wrote alongside a video. “I’ve been self-quarantined because the check, thank goodness. COVID-19 should be taken w the best of seriousness. I do know it’s a #1 precedence for our nations well being specialists, & we should get extra testing ASAP.”

Sensible stated that he has “had no signs” and that he feels “nice.”

“However the youthful technology in our nation MUST self distance,” he added in one other tweet. “This isn’t a joke. Not doing so is egocentric. Collectively we will beat this, however we should beat it collectively by being aside for a short time. A lot love!!”

“What’s up everybody,” Sensible stated within the temporary video he shared together with the tweet. “So I simply came upon I examined optimistic for the coronavirus. I’m okay, I really feel superb, I don’t really feel any of the signs.”

“However I can’t stress sufficient training social distancing and actually, you realize, protecting your self away from a big group of individuals,” he added. “And actually washing your arms and assist shield your self and assist shield others by defending your self. Thanks.”


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Two Los Angeles Lakers gamers have additionally examined optimistic, the workforce stated in a press release on Thursday. The assertion didn’t disclose the names of the gamers who examined optimistic.

Each “are presently asymptomatic, in quarantine and underneath the care of the workforce’s doctor,” the assertion stated.

The 2 Lakers have been uncovered to the virus throughout their recreation in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets on March 10, in accordance with the assertion. The sport was simply sooner or later earlier than the NBA introduced it was suspending the remainder of the season after Utah Jazz participant Rudy Gobert turned the primary participant to check optimistic for COVID-19.

4 Nets gamers have examined optimistic since then.

“All gamers and members of the Lakers employees are being requested to proceed to watch self-quarantine and shelter at residence tips, carefully monitor their well being, seek the advice of with their private physicians and keep fixed communication with the workforce,” stated the workforce’s assertion.


“The well being and well-being of our gamers, our group, our followers, and all these probably impacted by this example is paramount,” the assertion concluded. “As at all times, we respect the assist of our followers, household and pals, and need everybody affected by this virus a speedy restoration.”

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The three gamers on Thursday be part of a number of different NBA gamers to check optimistic for the virus, together with Kevin Durant and three of his teammates on the Nets. Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell has additionally examined optimistic, in addition to Christian Wooden of the Detroit Pistons.

After purposefully touching reporters’ microphones simply days earlier than he examined optimistic, Gobert donated “greater than $500,000” to assist each the worker reduction fund at Vivint Sensible House Enviornment and COVID-related social providers reduction in Utah, Oklahoma Metropolis and inside the French well being care system, the Jazz introduced.

Different franchises, just like the Portland Path Blazers, have additionally introduced donations to charities centered on aiding COVID-19 reduction.

As of Thursday, there are a minimum of 10,201 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 in america, with 149 deaths from a coronavirus-related sickness.

As details about the coronavirus pandemic quickly adjustments, PEOPLE is dedicated to offering the latest knowledge in our protection. A few of the data on this story could have modified after publication. For the newest on COVID-19, readers are inspired to make use of on-line sources from CDC, WHO, and native public well being departments and go to our coronavirus hub.