The NBA has confirmed that no player in Orlando has COVID-19 after the latest batch of test results.
The NBA‘s plan to finish the season inside of the Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World raised a few eyebrows, but the league’s bubble has produced a surprisingly low number of positive tests, which is wonderful news for those who want to see a championship trophy lifted in a few months.
In an encouraging sign for the league, The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting that none of the 346 players currently in Orlando has tested positive for COVID-19 since the last round of results were announced a week ago. Given how the virus is exploding in Florida, this is great news for the NBA.
The NBA’s plan to restart the season in Orlando is progressing nicely.
As proven by the whole Richaun Holmes takeout food fiasco, the NBA is not leaving anything to chance, going above and beyond to prevent even a single positive test. Those who have tested positive for the virus have either been withheld from entering the Orlando bubble, like Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook, or kicked out of the bubble to self-isolate, like former Brooklyn Nets replacement player Michael Beasley.
Per the league themselves, if a player tests positive, he will be isolated until he has passed all the league-mandated protocols he needs to pass before he can rejoin his team. In a state with 10,000 new cases today, the league is proving that it can keep all of its players safe and secure within Disney World. Credit is due for commissioner Adam Silver.
Even with all the bells and whistles the league has added to the Orlando bubble, there was still a lot of nervousness surrounding a restart given the current climate. The lack of a positive test in Orlando has to be an encouraging sign for both the players and the league as a whole.