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Report: All NBA players who tested positive for coronavirus recovered ‘in short order’

NBA coronavirus

CHINA - 2020/03/22: In this photo illustration the American National Basketball Association (NBA) men’s professional basketball league logo seen displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the background. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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At least 10 NBA players – Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Pistons big Christian Wood, four Nets including Kevin Durant, Celtics guard Marcus Smart and two Lakers – have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Their progressions should inform the NBA as the league considers how to resume.

Sam Amick of The Athletic:

Thus far, sources say every NBA player who has tested positive and experienced symptoms has recovered in short order while avoiding hospitalization.
“No one wants a body bag,” one agent with knowledge of the league’s internal discussions said. “They’re trying to figure it out medically.”

The NBA must balance a complex set of underlying facts:

1. Nothing is perfectly safe.

2. Young, otherwise-healthy people who contract coronavirus tend to experience far less severe symptoms.

3. Coronavirus is quite contagious.

4. A single NBA player dying from coronavirus contracted during a resumed season would be CATOSTROPHIC in every sense.

It’s great all players who tested positive recovered quickly and without hospitalization. There’s a lesson in that.

But there’s obviously a difference between players isolating from each other (as has been the requirement since the league shut down) and everyone gathering together in a bubble to play basketball games.

Everyone is entrusting NBA commissioner Adam Silver to proceed with the appropriate caution.