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Four Nets test positive for coronavirus

Four Nets test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 26: The Brooklyn Nets huddle before the opening tipoff against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 26, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Three NBA players had been known to test positive for the coronavirus – Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and Pistons big Christian Wood.

The number of known NBA cases has now more than doubled.

Brooklyn Nets:


Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Gobert has been treated as the root of coronavirus in the NBA. That was always unfair, and this is even more evidence. The Nets weren’t among Utah’s recent opponents. The Nets weren’t even among Utah’s recent opponents’ post-Jazz recent opponents.

The Nets played the Lakers on Tuesday, one day before the league shut down, and now the Lakers will make sure their players are tested.

The NBA isn’t returning soon, anyway. But this ought to be yet another signal for the NBA to take caution as it considers resuming play without fans present. It’s just too difficult to keep players – especially considering their travel schedule – from contracting the coronavirus. If even one player gets it, it could spread quickly through the league.

To some degree, the NBA exists in a bubble. The coronavirus does not. It is spreading quickly, and we should all take the threat seriously and do our part to flatten the curve.

Hopefully, these four Nets and anyone who came into contact with them are OK.