Two Los Angeles Lakers players have tested positive for COVID-19, or the coronavirus. We know that JaVale McGee isn’t one of them, and according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Quinn Cook isn’t either.
Haynes cited “sources” saying that Cook tested negative for coronavirus, but also had Cook on his podcast to discuss what the testing process was like — it sounds extremely uncomfortable — for the Lakers’ players, what his response is to people who have criticized asymptomatic NBA players for getting tested while there is a shortage of tests nationally, and other current topics:
Quarantined Posted Up Pod: Lakers guard Quinn Cook - who sources say tested negative for coronavirus - on testing process, how he’s staying in shape isolated, NBA players receiving tests versus general public and more.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 20, 2020
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If it’s not Cook or McGee, that leaves 15 other players on the roster — if we’re including the Lakers’ pair of two-way players — who could have tested positive. Not every player was tested, but the Lakers reportedly are planning to test the rest of them and select coaches and staff who had close contact with them soon.
As I wrote last night, it’s not really our business who tested positive if the players who did want to keep that private, but it’s also their right to reveal it if they want to raise awareness. Based on the Lakers’ statement not naming anyone, it seems they’re being respectful and leaving that choice in the hands of their players. We’ll see what those players decide to do moving forward, and if the Lakers’ next round of testing reveals any other players or staffers who tested positive.
In order to curb the spread of the virus, the NBA mandated that all teams must shut down their practice facilities by today. For more information on the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
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