Thursday wasn't a good day for NBA franchises and the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Shortly after the Philadelphia 76ers announced three members of their organization tested position for the coronavirus, the Boston Celtics said one of their players tested positive.
A statement from the Boston Celtics: pic.twitter.com/hNrEn8IBM1— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 19, 2020
Roughly 10 minutes later, guard Marcus Smart revealed on Twitter that he was the Celtics player that contracted the coronavirus.
I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP pic.twitter.com/xkijb9wlKV— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) March 19, 2020
Around the same time Smart posted his video, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that two of their players had tested positive.
We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive for COVID-19. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.https://t.co/RmqjnRzGLk— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2020
Smart and the two Lakers players are showing no symptoms of COVID-19, are currently being quarantined and will be monitored by each team's medical staff.
The Lakers' diagnosis comes a few days after four Brooklyn Nets, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the coronavirus. The Lakers and Nets played on Tuesday, March 10, a day before the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season.
Just before 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, the Denver Nuggets announced that a member of their organization also tested positive.
The Nuggets, 76ers, Lakers and Celtics join the Nets, Utah Jazz (Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell) and Detroit Pistons (Christian Wood) as organizations that have had someone test positive for the coronavirus.
No members of the Warriors or Kings have been tested for the coronavirus.
"We've been told that the testing is in short supply and we're treating ourselves like people," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Tuesday. "Which is what we are. We're not better than anybody, we're not worse, we're just a basketball team."
According to a statement issued by the Kings on March 13, no players are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus.