Lakers clear quarantine; no players have coronavirus symptoms

Tania Ganguli
LA Times
A Polymerase chain reaction kit used for COVID-19 detection is prepared at the UCLA Health lab. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A Polymerase chain reaction kit used for COVID-19 detection is prepared at the UCLA Health lab. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Having finished their home quarantine, the Lakers announced Tuesday that none of their players have COVID-19 symptoms.

Two players tested positive two weeks ago after most of the team was administered tests while sitting in their cars in the parking lot of the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. The Lakers did not disclose the names of those players, and they have not come forward. The team did say both players who tested positive displayed no symptoms.

The testing was administered after the Brooklyn Nets announced four of their players had tested positive for COVID-19. The Lakers’ most recent game was on March 10 against the Nets.

“I just kind of knew right away that we had to get tested,” forward Anthony Davis said on Friday when asked what his reaction was to the Nets’ announcement. “We were talking about getting tested regardless … but there was some type of rules that if you don’t have symptoms [you can’t]. When the team came out and said they had four players tested positive for [COVID-19], I knew right away we would probably get tested.

“It’s kind of tricky because some guys you feel fine and you could have it, asymptomatic. And some guys you have all the symptoms.”

Davis said his test was negative. Jared Dudley said on a podcast that his test was negative. JaVale McGee’s sister posted on Twitter that her brother’s test was negative and a report by Yahoo! Sports cited a person saying Quinn Cook’s test was negative.

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