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NBA announces two out of 322 coronavirus tests came back positive as players report to bubble

Chris Cwik
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Two NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus since arriving on campus. The league announced the news Monday, saying two out of 322 tests since July 7 came back positive.

In a statement, the NBA said those players were quarantining in the bubble when they tested positive. Both players left the bubble to self isolate.

The NBA did not release the names of the players who tested positive. Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook announced a positive test Monday, though said he tested positive before the Rockets went to Orlando. If those timelines are correct, Westbrook would not be one of the two players in the NBA’s statement.

The league broke testing results into two rounds in its statement. The first occurred when players were in their home markets July 1. The most recent round of testing was performed when players arrived on campus in Disney World on July 7. Since July 1, the NBA says 19 players “newly tested positive.”

It’s unclear whether that figure will result in the NBA making adjustments to its restart plan. The league has been aggressive in its actions regarding players who break quarantine. Houston Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo reportedly accidentally broke quarantine and will miss eight more days while he starts the quarantine process over again. The same thing happened to Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes, who apologized for accidentally crossing the NBA’s campus line to pick up food.

The NBA intends to restart its season July 30.

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 4: ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex located within the Disney Complex is continuing to prepare all around the venue as The NBA is less than a week away from their move into the bubble of Orlando. With tight security at entrances to lots of infrastructure showing up on site all around the complex on July 4, 2020 In Orlando, Florida. Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX
The two players who tested positive left the NBA's campus to self isolate. Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX

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