NBA players who have tested positive for coronavirus

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NBA players who have tested positive for coronavirus

The positive coronavirus test of the Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert prompted the NBA to shut down indefinitely and served as a tipping point as other sports organizations followed by either postponing or canceling events.

Other NBA players have followed with positive COVID-19 tests since Gobert's revelation. Here's a look at the announced positive coronavirus tests around the NBA:

Boston Celtics -- Marcus Smart announced on Twitter his positive coronavirus test on March 19. He also had a message for a certain segment of the population: "The younger generation in our country MUST self distance. This is not a joke."

Brooklyn Nets -- Kevin Durant said he was one of four Nets players who had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 17. Durant spoke with The Athletic, saying he feels fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."

Denver Nuggets -- A member of the Nuggets organization tested positive for the coronavirus on March 19, the team said in a statement. It is not immediately clear whether the person is a player, but the team said the person was tested on March 16 after “experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.”

Detroit Pistons -- Christian Wood tested positive for coronavirus, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports on March 14. Wood was the first non-Utah Jazz player to test positive for the novel coronavirus.

Los Angeles Lakers -- The team announced on March 19 that two players had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. A majority of the players had the tests conducted March 18 outside the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, California.

Philadelphia 76ers -- The 76ers revealed on March 19 that three members of their organization tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Sixers said the tests, which were "secured and processed privately," were recommended for certain individuals after consultation with medical experts and the NBA.

Utah Jazz -- Rudy Gobert's positive coronavirus test on March 11 forced the NBA to postpone its season. A day later, Donovan Mitchell tested positive.

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Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2020/03/19/coronavirus-nba-players-who-have-tested-positive-covid-19/2882123001/

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