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Celtics’ Marcus Smart and 2 Lakers players test positive for coronavirus


Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart announced on Thursday night that he tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

“I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP”

Additionally, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that two of their players have tested positive for coronavirus.

The Lakers faced the Brooklyn Nets on March 10, and four Nets players — including Kevin Durant — tested positive for COVID-19. The Lakers’ statement says that “team physicians and public health officials recommended coronavirus testing for the players” following the Nets’ results, and both Lakers players that tested positive “are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.”

Following four Brooklyn Nets players testing positive for COVID-19, because Los Angeles Lakers’ players were exposed to them during our game against the Nets on March 10, our team physicians and public health officials recommended coronavirus testing for the players.

We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.

Earlier on Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that three members of the Philadelphia 76ers’ staff and one member of the Denver Nuggets’ organization tested positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced on Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first NFL person known to have coronavirus.

The NBA suspended its season on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus (and his teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive).

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