By Field Level Media-Reuters
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Wednesday that players and staffers who were tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) all received negative results.
The tests were performed after consultations with health officials indicated possible exposure to COVID-19 due to the team’s canceled March 11 home game against the Utah Jazz.
Rudy Gobert of the Jazz was learned to have tested positive for coronavirus shortly before the scheduled start of the contest. He was not at Chesapeake Energy Arena and wasn’t around Oklahoma City players and staffers.
Fellow Utah All-Star Donovan Mitchell was also revealed to have tested positive the following day. He was on the court and interacted with his teammates and the Oklahoma City players as well as others near the court.
The Thunder said they are focused on the health and safety of the community.
“Recognizing the stress on the state of Oklahoma’s medical system, the Thunder did not use state resources and chose an alternative path for testing of its personnel,” the team said in its statement.
Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood and four members of the Brooklyn Nets have also tested positive for coronavirus. Injured star Kevin Durant is the only Brooklyn player to reveal a positive test.
The Nets announced the news of their positive tests on Tuesday, and that prompted the Los Angeles Lakers to undergo testing on Wednesday. The Lakers’ final game before play was suspended was March 10 against Brooklyn.
The Los Angeles Times reported that most of the Lakers’ players who are still in Los Angeles were tested at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, Calif.
ESPN reported the players remained in the car while the tests were administered.
One person tested told the Times that the test took about 10 seconds.
According to published reports, the Lakers’ players are under self-quarantine for 14 days.