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Warriors, Knicks not testing asymptomatic players for coronavirus


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 11: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors on December 11, 2019 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized the Nets for testing asymptomatic players for the coronavirus.

The Warriors and Knicks will avoid similar aspersion.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers, via Logan Murdock of NBC Sports Bay Area:

“We’ve been told that the testing is in short supply and we’re treating ourselves like people,” he added. “Which is what we are. We’re not better than anybody, we’re not worse, we’re just a basketball team.”

“Right now we’re not interacting with each other,” he added. “I’ve been told by our doctors and our medical community we shouldn’t be testing asymptomatic people at this point in California.”

Still, Stephen Curry got tested when he felt ill. Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

Stephen Curry was tested for COVID-19 after he came down with flu-like symptoms in San Francisco and the test came back negative.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post:
No player on the Rangers or Knicks has been tested for COVID-19, per a statement released Wednesday night by the Garden.

There is a nationwide shortage of coronavirus tests. It is a complete failure.

Though I don’t begrudge anyone for buying a private lab’s test, the Warriors and Knicks deserve commendation for their restraint.

It’s important for medical personnel to be tested. They are often subjected to the coronavirus AND have significant potential to be unwitting spreaders.

Hopefully, testing becomes widely available. But we’re not there yet, and so some people (doctors, nurses) need tests more than others (healthy-feeling NBA players).