The latest count for NBA players with coronavirus has now reached at least nine with three new reported cases arriving on Thursday, March 19.
The Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart and two members of the Los Angeles Lakers have all reportedly tested positive one week after the NBA season was suspended.
Smart, Lakers are latest with coronavirus
Last week, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was revealed as the first NBA player with coronavirus. As days have passed, more players have been tested, and more reports are arriving to show how the virus can spread amongst groups.
On Thursday evening, the Celtics’ Marcus Smart confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus.
The veteran guard posted a video on Twitter to let fans know of his health situation. He says he was tested five days ago and just got his results back tonight.
Smart let everyone know he’s been self quarantined since his test and urged everyone to take COVID-19 seriously.
“I’ve had no symptoms and I feel great. 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. Much love!!” Smart said in his tweet message.
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 pic.twitter.com/xkijb9wlKV
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) March 19, 2020
In addition to Marcus Smart being a positive test, ESPN reported on Thursday (Mar. 19) that two members of the Los Angeles Lakers also tested positive.
The Lakers’ tests were administered a day ago outside of the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, California. All-Star LeBron James posted about being in quarantine since the tests.
It’s unknown which two members of the Lakers’ team had positive tests at this time.
The team released a statement indicating both players are “asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician” at this time.
We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive for COVID-19. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.https://t.co/RmqjnRzGLk
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2020
Kevin Durant amongst other sports stars with positive tests
Just a few days ago, the Brooklyn Nets reported that four players tested positive for coronavirus. Not long after that initial report, superstar Kevin Durant confirmed that he was one of the four players.
Durant has been inactive this season as he recovers from his injury suffered in last year’s NBA Finals.
In addition to Durant, Gobert, Smart, and the two Lakers, other players who have been revealed as having positive tests included Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood.
A member of the Denver Nuggets organization was also reported to have a positive test. However, it’s unknown what that individual’s role is with the team. The same goes for three individuals associated with the Philadelphia 76ers, who may or may not be players.
Also on Thursday, the first member of the NFL to have a positive report of coronavirus arrived.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed he tested positive after he became ill this past weekend following a trip to the Rebel Stakes event in Arkansas.
So far, Payton has indicated he is recovering and doing well but urged people to take things serious with COVID-19.