Los Angeles Lakers players will have the opportunity to be tested for the coronavirus Wednesday and are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to a published report.
The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday four players tested positive for the virus. Brooklyn was the Lakers’ final opponent before the NBA suspended play last week.
The Lakers “have been in immediate contact with our players and basketball operations staff members” following the Nets’ announcement, a statement said.
The news of the tests and request to be quarantined was reported by the Los Angeles Times and was based on interviews with people familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.
A team official declined to provide more details to City News Service than what was in the statement, citing patient confidentiality rules.
The Lakers are following their coronavirus “procedures and protocol” “given the exposure risks from our game against the Nets on March 10,” at Staples Center, a team statement said.
The Lakers established their coronavirus “procedures and protocol” “in consultation with various health officials, the NBA and our UCLA Health doctors,” according to a statement released by the team Tuesday night.
“The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans, and society in general, is of paramount importance to us, and will continue to be our focus,” the statement said. “We appreciate the support of our fans, family and friends, and wish everyone affected by this virus a speedy and healthy recovery.”
None of the Nets players to test positive were identified. Injured all-star forward Kevin Durant told the sports news website The Athletic that he was one of the players but is feeling fine.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told The Athletic. “We’re going to get through this.”
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