Aaron Hostetler Sports Editor
The National Basketball Association has been facing a considerable amount of problems lately, due to the impact it has faced from the Coronavirus Pandemic. In recent weeks, multiple athletes have tested positive for the COVID-19 Virus, forcing the NBA to suspend their season in early March. According to CBS Sports, the athletes who have tested positive for the virus include Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets (as well as three unnamed teammates), Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz players Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Since it was discovered that these athletes had the virus in late March, more reports have gathered that the Los Angeles Lakers had two players test positive, the Philadelphia 76ers had three members who tested positive, and the Denver Nuggets have had one positive case among its team members. New York Knicks owner James Dolan has also been tested positive for COVID-19.
However, among all of the disappointing news surrounding the widespread increase of carriers of this disease, there is some good news to consider. Many of the players who have caught the virus have since recovered, and have been cleared of all of their symptoms. These players include Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Christian Wood, Kevin Durant, Marcus Smart, and the two unnamed players of the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Fox Business, Marcus Smart has since tweeted his feelings about the current situation, and how he wishes people would consider social-distancing to be of the utmost importance. “I’ve had no symptoms and I feel great,” said Smart on Twitter. “But the younger generation in our country MUST self distance. This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while.” During his time in self-quarantine, Smart had also tweeted, “COVID-19 must be taken with the highest level of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nation’s health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP.”
Smart isn’t the only athlete who expressed his feelings regarding the disease. Clutchgames.com has posted a tweet sent out by Los Angeles Lakers Player Lebron James to his teammates saying “I miss y’all so so much and putting on that uniform every night along with my brothers!!!”
Although many players and fans expressed disappointment regarding the suspension of the NBA season, it has since become evident that this decision was necessary for the health of the athletes, as well as to minimize the spread of the virus as much as possible. Recent reports from the NBA have told their teams that individual workouts can continue at team facilities, as long as the rule that permits only “one player, one coach, and one basket,” is followed. Since this may not be possible because of many public facilities being closed down, it is suggested for most athletes to keep practicing at their homes or at any private facilities they may have access to.
As of this moment the season is indefinitely postponed until further notice. The New York Times has information that the Women’s National Basketball Association has also postponed the start of its season, which was meant to begin on May 15th, with its training camps meant to open on April 26th. The postponement of the WNBA season may also cause it to overlap with the NBA season more than usual when it resumes, which may also be a good opportunity for new audiences to be exposed to WNBA games. The WNBA has since followed through with their plans to hold a virtual draft on April 17thToggle panel: Post Adverts