The Sacramento Kings have not even held a team practice in preparation for the NBA’s 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, FL and they have already lost 20% of their players to the coronavirus.
Not a very encouraging start.
Forward Jabari Parker, center Alex Len, and guard Buddy Hield are all reportedly in self- quarantine until health officials can cleared them to join the rest of the squad at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The team is scheduled to fly out to their Disney bubble on July 8 to prepare for their first game on July 31 against the San Antonio Spurs.
Parker was the first to report his positive test by releasing a statement through the team.
“Several days ago, I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain. I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”
Shortly afterwards, Len posted a statement on his Instagram account confirming his test result as well.
“I underwent testing yesterday in Sacramento and was found to be positive for COVID-19. I want to thank the Sacramento Kings for their great care and the NBA for putting the protocols in place to allow me to catch this early. I have immediately entered isolation and look forward to being cleared and rejoining my teammates for our playoff push.”
While Hield has not released any formal statements, it was reported that he has confirmed reports of his positive test results and fully intends to rejoin his teammates very soon and expects to be ready to go on July 31.
All three players who tested positive were residing outside of Sacramento when they contracted the virus.