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NBA: 11 more players have tested positive for coronavirus

Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 13: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 13, 2021 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Wizards face the NBA’s most significant coronavirus outbreak.

But the league’s COVID-19 problems extend well beyond Washington.

NBA release:

Of the 502 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 13, 11 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

Among the 11:

Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas was also held out due to health-and-safety protocols as Memphis had a game postponed.

NBA players have now had at least 144 cases – and almost certainly many more – of coronavirus. Which is yet another reason NBA players shouldn’t be prioritized for vaccination. Though it’s possible to get the virus twice, it’s exceedingly unlikely.

Perversely, this growing natural immunity is one of the NBA’s biggest weapons in its bid to continue playing.

Which makes it all the more striking so many players continue to test positive.