The Los Angeles Lakers plan to administer coronavirus testing on their players on Wednesday after the Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that four players tested positive. The Nets played the Lakers in Los Angeles last week, a day before the NBA suspended the season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
“We have been in immediate contact with our players and basketball operations staff members since being made aware of this development,” the Lakers said in a statement. “We are following the next steps of our COVID-19 procedures and protocol that are established in consultation with various health officials, the NBA and our UCLA Health doctors. The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans, and society in general, is of paramount importance to us, and will continue to be our focus."
The players plan to be placed in 14-day quarantine in hopes that the virus does not spread. The Lakers were initially among NBA teams, including the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, that declined to receive tests because of the state of California's shortage. The Warriors have still declined to take tests out of sensitivity of the limited supply even though they were scheduled to play the Nets behind closed doors in San Francisco on Thursday. The NBA suspended the season the day before, though the Nets arrived in San Francisco on Wednesday night. They left the city on Thursday morning and did not hold any shootaround or informal workouts.
For the past week, the Lakers had asked their employees to work from home while allowing players to go to the facility for treatment or any individual workouts. The Lakers’ players were allowed to leave the area with permission, but were required to check in with the team’s training staff every day. They also could only train either at home or at the Lakers’ practice facility.
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