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4 Nets players test positive for the coronavirus

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4 Nets players test positive for the coronavirus

Updated: 5:28 p.m. 

The Brooklyn Nets announced on Tuesday afternoon that four of their players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Kevin Durant told Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium that he's one of those players. 

According to a statement released by the team, one player is exhibiting symptoms and the other three are asymptomatic. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Nets paid a private company to conduct the tests.

In the NBA, the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and the Pistons’ Christian Wood have also tested positive. 

Last Thursday, a Sixers team official told NBC Sports Philadelphia that players, coaches and select support staff had been asked to start a temporary self-quarantine, and that coronavirus testing was being arranged for players and staff who came in close contact or exhibit symptoms.

The NBA season was suspended minutes after the Sixers’ win last Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center over the Pistons. 



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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

Sixers forward Tobias Harris was among those protesting in Philadelphia on Saturday after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday when Chauvin knelt on his neck. The incident was recorded on video and has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the country. Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other officers on the scene, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, were fired but have not been charged.

Harris showed himself on social media with the crowd protesting around City Hall and the Museum of Art. Teammate Mike Scott was “there in spirit.”

Scott on Friday had voiced his disagreement with an Associated Press tweet on Chauvin’s arrest that didn’t directly characterize Chauvin’s actions as murder. 

Other prominent figures within the Sixers and NBA have also spoken out in recent days. In a series of tweets Friday night, Ben Simmons advocated for “calling out the uncomfortable subject of blatant racism that exists heavily within our society.” 

Josh Richardson on Friday had responded to tweets by President Donald Trump in which Trump referred to protestors as “thugs,” raised the possibility of bringing the National Guard into Minnesota to “get the job done right” and threatened “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss many reported scenarios for a return to play for the NBA and remember the 1982-83 Sixers. 

(0:27) — Introducing the newest member of the Sixers Talk podcast, Ben Berry.
(2:45) — We are close to having NBA basketball returning.
(19:34) — Remembering Game 1 of the 1983 NBA Finals and how the league has changed since.

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