At least 10 NBA players – Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Pistons big Christian Wood, four Nets including Kevin Durant, Celtics guard Marcus Smart and two Lakers – have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Their progressions should inform the NBA as the league considers how to resume.
Thus far, sources say every NBA player who has tested positive and experienced symptoms has recovered in short order while avoiding hospitalization.
“No one wants a body bag,” one agent with knowledge of the league’s internal discussions said. “They’re trying to figure it out medically.”
The NBA must balance a complex set of underlying facts:
1. Nothing is perfectly safe.
2. Young, otherwise-healthy people who contract coronavirus tend to experience far less severe symptoms.
3. Coronavirus is quite contagious.
4. A single NBA player dying from coronavirus contracted during a resumed season would be CATOSTROPHIC in every sense.
It’s great all players who tested positive recovered quickly and without hospitalization. There’s a lesson in that.
But there’s obviously a difference between players isolating from each other (as has been the requirement since the league shut down) and everyone gathering together in a bubble to play basketball games.
Everyone is entrusting NBA commissioner Adam Silver to proceed with the appropriate caution.