Coronavirus: Players from NBA teams that have played Jazz in past 10 days asked to self-quarantine, per report

Rudy Gobert’s reported positive test for coronavirus has pushed the NBA into overdrive in regards to combatting the disease’s spread throughout the league. To make matters worse, teammate Donovan Mitchell also reportedly tested positive for the virus after being in close proximity to Gobert in recent days.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Mitchell was the only Jazz player or personnel that tested positive for coronavirus out of the 58 tests that were performed on Wednesday night.

In the interest of preventing future infections, the league announced Wednesday that it would suspend the season indefinitely, but that does little for players who already infected. In the interest of protecting others, players on teams that have played against the Utah Jazz in the past 10 days have been asked to self-quarantine, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. Those teams are the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have echoed the sentiment, telling their players to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

While quarantines are likely to expand, teams aren’t racing to conclusions. Knicks’ team doctor Lisa Callahan told the team not to get tested without having symptoms, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. The widespread impact of Gobert’s infection is already being felt, though. A Jazz player that tested positive for the virus, likely Gobert, reportedly worked out at Emerson College’s gym, according to the Berkeley Beacon. 

NBA players are human beings. They travel constantly for games, and within those cities, they move around as any other person would. It would be impossible to fully trace everywhere even one infected player has been, let alone any others that might eventually catch the virus. Gobert didn’t help matters when he intentionally touched every microphone on the podium at a recent media availability. 

Considering the virus’ ability to spread asymptomatically, all that can be done now is take precautions. The Jazz are reportedly still in their locker room at Chesapeake Energy Arena and will not be allowed to fly home. The team is considering chartering buses to get its players home, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. That is nearly a 1,200-mile drive that would be expected to take around 17 hours. With so little known about the virus, it’s better for the leagues, teams and players to be safe than sorry

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