Clippers join Nuggets in closing practice facility following positive test, per report
Both groups are scheduled to take a trip to Orlando next week
The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers have both experienced positive coro******* tests today. Star Nuggets center Nikola Jokic contracted the illness in his native Serbia, while a minimum of one member of the Clippers traveling celebration and three other members of Denver’s taking a trip party to Orlando have also checked positive in recent days. As a response, the Nuggets closed their practice facility in Denver on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and the Clippers did the same since Thursday.
The Nuggets are currently slated to make the journey to Orlando on July 7, the very first day that groups will take a trip. The Clippers are slated to fly on July 8. Currently, teams remain in the individual workout stage of returning up to speed for the reboot of the season. Team exercises are set to begin when teams get to Orlando.
The Brooklyn Nets reopened their center Tuesday after it had formerly been closed for a number of days. The Nets, like the Nuggets, are experiencing a break out. DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie both tested positive on Monday, with Jordan ruling himself out for Disney. Dinwiddie, meanwhile, has not yet made up his mind.
For the moment, it doesn’t appear as though any of the Nuggets or Clippers presently suffering from the disease have serious cases. Jokic is asymptomatic in Serbia, while coach Mike Malone had the disease earlier in the hiatus but did not experience major negative effects. Without understanding which Clipper, whether player, coach or staff member, in addition to what other Nuggets have actually tested positive, though, it would be hard to draw any conclusive conclusions.
The NBA knew that positive tests were going to come out of this reboot, though it most likely hoped that they could be delayed a minimum of until players gotten here in the Orlando bubble. Now the NBA should figure out how to prevent taking a trip parties from infecting that bubble. The league has its work cut out for it in protecting players from the pandemic now.