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Wood is “100 percent OK” and “feeling fine,” per a source. Wood felt subtle symptoms of the virus on Thursday, and decided to get tested as a precaution. Wood has been in self-isolation since Wednesday.

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Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks caught up with Los Angeles Lakers wing Danny Green, who shared his thoughts on the NBA’s hiatus in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. He also offered support for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who was the first NBA player to be diagnosed with the virus and is catching heat for a clip showing him jokingly touching microphones a few days before he tested positive. “People are blaming him for a lot of things, when obviously he was a little careless at times, but who’s to say that’s necessarily the reason why that’s happened? He probably should have been more careful, but it’s not all his fault. Mind you, you got to look at the positive of things. This was gonna happen regardless of whether it was gonna happen to him or somebody else. Somebody in the NBA was gonna catch the virus and give us a wakeup call…I don’t think he should be blamed or bashed as much as he is. I mean, it could happen to anybody.”
Chris Mannix: Pistons forward Christian Wood reported flu-like symptoms the morning of Detroit's game against Philadelphia on Wednesday, league sources told @SInow. Wood played, but when the Gobert news broke Wood was tested immediately upon the team's return to Detroit.
Shams Charania: Detroit Pistons‘ Christian Wood has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Wood had 30 and 11 rebounds against Rudy Gobert on Saturday night before a career-high 32 on Wednesday. Sources say Wood has shown no symptoms and is doing well.

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A Salt Lake Tribune source familiar with Donovan Mitchell’s thinking has confirmed reports from ESPN and Sports Illustrated that Mitchell, after testing positive himself, was “frustrated” with Gobert for his actions before his positive test for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Mitchell wasn’t the only teammate of Gobert’s frustrated in the immediate wake of his diagnosis, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. But Gobert’s Instagram post has messages of support from many of his teammates, including Mike Conley, Emmanuel Mudiay and Royce O’Neale. Georges Niang is among others who wrote a tweet expressing well wishes to Mitchell and Gobert.
On Friday night, Mitchell was involved in a video game stream on Twitch with teammate and friend Royce O’Neale. At one point, O’Neale was asked about the status of Mitchell and Gobert’s relationship, to which O’Neale replied, “Ask Donovan." Mitchell largely stayed silent throughout the stream, laughing here and there. But when a clip of the “Ask Donovan” line started circulating on social media, O’Neale and Mitchell laughed at the drama and downplayed the “beef” on the stream. Someone associated with O’Neale and Mitchell asked the fan who posted the clip to take it down, and the fan complied.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has caught a lot of flack in recent days after he tested positive for COVID-19. Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, however, doesn’t think that’s very fair. “I don’t think he should be blamed or bashed as much as he is,” Green said in a FaceTime with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks on Saturday. “I mean, it could have happened to anybody.”
Even if Gobert hadn’t have caught the coronavirus, somebody else would have. “This was going to happen regardless of whether it was going to happen to him or somebody else,” Green said, via Bleacher Report. “Somebody in the NBA was going to catch the virus and give us a wakeup call. I think it was needed. It was necessary for us — not just for the basketball world — but for the rest of the world to take it seriously … But this wouldn’t have happened if Rudy [hadn’t] caught it. So I’m glad that things happened the way he did.”
Maddie Lee: The Jazz announce that in addition to donating money to Vivint Smart Home Arena employees, families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Utah, and the French health care system, Rudy Gobert has pledged $100,000 of COVID-19 related social services relief to OKC.
Eric Woodyard: NBA referee Courtney Kirkland’s #coronavirus results came back negative and doctors cleared him to leave Sacramento, a source confirms. Kirkland had been there since the N.O. game was postponed. He is also cleared to resume all activities with no restrictions.
Donovan Mitchell thanked fans for the support he's received since testing positive for coronavirus and said he is feeling "fine." The Utah Jazz guard added that he remains quarantined on the orders of health officials in a video message released by the NBA on Saturday. "Just want to say thank you guys so much for your continued support. It means a lot to me," the 23-year-old Mitchell said. "I feel fine. Things are going well. Just taking the proper precautions as told to me by the authorities. I was told to stay in isolation, so, solo in here, playing videogames all day. Can't wait to get back out there and play in front of the best fans in the world. Really miss playing in front of you guys and I'll see you guys soon."
Jeff Zillgitt: Good news from the Raptors. Final coronavirus covid-19 test was negative. No one tested positive. pic.twitter.com/HbpmtMUatS
The Celtics and TD Garden released separate statements indicating Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were “unlikely’’ to have the coronavirus when they played in Boston on March 6. That revelation hit the Knicks’ world in a positive way. If Gobert didn’t have the coronavirus on March 6, then they also weren’t contagious when they played the Knicks on March 4 at the Garden. The Knicks and Celtics are still being advised by the NBA to “self-quarantine,’’ according to league sources. The Knicks flew back to New York from Atlanta late Thursday afternoon with all their players asymptomatic and not eligible to be tested under guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and New York Department of Health websites by which the franchise is abiding.
P.I.T.: Due to the Declaration of National Emergency, Declaration of Emergency in the State of Virginia, Declaration of Local Emergency in Portsmouth, VA and in an effort to prevent the spread the Corona Virus (COVID-19) through social distancing, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has been cancelled for 2020. Mike Morris PIT Vice Chairman
Barack Obama: A shout out to Kevin, Giannis, Zion, Blake, Steph and all the players, owners and organizations who are setting a good example during a challenging time. A reminder that we’re a community, and that each of us has an obligation to look out for each other.
But on Wednesday when he got off work, Masri, a physician at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, canceled his trip. About an hour later, the NBA announced it was suspending play indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Masri, a Pelicans season ticket holder who has two seats in section 124, was disappointed that the NBA was halting play just as the playoff race was heating up but understood why the league was taking such drastic steps. “I’m kind of on the front lines of all this on the coronavirus,” Masri said. “I’ve been telling other people, for someone like me to say we should hold off on sports, being such a huge sports guy says a lot.”
In Italy, doctors are so inundated with coronavirus cases, they are forced to choose who to help, according to The New York Times. Doctors there are prioritizing younger patients without preexisting conditions. “We have a finite amount of resources,” Masri said. “On just a routine basis, on a normal flu season, we have several days where the hospital is at capacity.”
Reports of players in Italy flying back to the United States came in bunches on Friday morning. Emiliano Carchia, who runs the Sportando website that covers European basketball, reported the departures of Jaylen Barford, William Buford, Liam Farley, Davon Jefferson and James White from Virtus Roma in Rome. Numerous other Americans in Italy — Travis Diener, Ethan Happ and Terran Petteway among them — also received permission from their clubs to return to the States. Barford told The Athletic that people in the airport were “pretty calm” as he made his flight back to the U.S. The former St. John’s star said he might return to Italy if play resumes after the delay.
The NBA did not receive special treatment for the Utah Jazz when it came to coronavirus testing in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, an Oklahoma State Department of Health official told USA TODAY Sports. Oklahoma officials were prepared with test kits, and 58 people from the Jazz or with connections to the Jazz were tested because it was a “public health decision” based on direct contact with the initial player — Rudy Gobert — who had tested positive, OKDH spokesperson Jamie Dukes said Friday.
Rishi Desai is the chief medical officer and pediatric infectious disease physician for Osmosis, a digital platform for learning medicine and the health sciences. He also used to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an epidemic intelligence service officer investigating disease outbreaks. He understands Oklahoma’s decision to test who it did. He called athletes, team personnel and traveling reporters “super spreaders,” people who are often in direct contact with several other people especially in arenas with thousands of people. “The average person is not exposing as many other people as a super spreader,” he told USA TODAY Sports. “Whenever there’s an outbreak and you know you have these potential super spreaders who have the potential to be around a lot of people, you want to really get on top of that situation.”
Jones said there isn’t mandated testing for the players. There are nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Arizona. “If you look at it, like anything, you also run the risk of false negatives,” Jones said. “You definitely don’t want someone believing that they’re in the clear and not be in the clear. So for us, that’s why we’ve given our guys three or four days away to kind of settle and as we come back, if situation presents themselves where guys need to be tested, they’ll be tested.”
Jones said the Suns players aren’t nervous over the situation despite Gobert and Mitchell testing positive for the virus. “They’ve all understood what the risks are,” Jones said. “Our player population is a group that’s resilient as far as this illness. It’s something that like anything when it comes to health that you think about, but the more you learn, the more you process, the better you feel about the measures that we’ve taken as an organization. The measures that they’ve taken personally to protect themselves and their health. Our guys are good.”
Kareem-Abdul Jabbar: Again, the blame lies with the federal government’s head-in-the-sand policies built on incompetence, fear of losing voters, and lack of a basic understanding of science and math. The early CDC tests were flawed and they could have used the same tests other countries were using but they didn’t because it would have meant changing bureaucratic procedures. Hospitals and laboratories also could have manufactured their own tests, but the feds blocked those efforts with more red tape. While other countries were charging to get ahead of the virus, we were arrogantly lagging behind while patting ourselves on the back with Trump’s false claim that “[the number of infected is] going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up.” So, thank you NBA, NCAA, NHL, MLB and all the other organizations who have put public welfare above their own monetary gain. I never thought I’d see the day when Big Business acted more patriotic and selfless than a presidential administration.
Basketball is back in Japan. The Japanese league has resumed play after a 4-week suspension. Four games were played with no fans on Saturday, while the Kawasaki-Levanga game was cancelled as a precautionary measure after three players — Marc Trasolini, Kennedy Meeks and Sean Ichioka — were diagnosed with having a fever.
Shams Charania: Toronto’s Serge Ibaka has tested negative for coronavirus, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Ibaka defended Rudy Gobert throughout Jazz-Raptors game Monday, leading to testing of Toronto players Wednesday night.
Just two players—Gobert and Donovan Mitchell—tested positive for coronavirus. Gobert, who only reported symptoms when Utah arrived in Oklahoma City, sources told SI.com, and Mitchell are close, All-Stars who have been teammates since 2018. Oklahoma state health officials acted swiftly after learning of the positive test, the first in Oklahoma City. State officials ordered the testing of all members of the Jazz traveling party, sources say, in an effort to back trace the movements of anyone who tests positive to determine where the infection may have spread.
Gobert publicly apologized for his “careless” behavior in the days before his diagnosis, which included touching the digital recorders of reporters who had placed them in front of Gobert after an interview and reportedly making light of the issue inside the locker room. Mitchell is “extremely frustrated” with Gobert, league sources told SI.com. In an Instagram post, Mitchell said of coronavirus “hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.”
Both McCollum and Anthony first discussed how much money the league was going to lose if all the NBA games were to still be played, but without fans. And then… The big news bomb dropped at the 20:30 mark of the podcast. McCollum broke the news to Melo. LISTEN HERE "This is crazy. This really caught me off guard," CJ McCollum said. The two discussed the financial ramifications. Nobody knew this was going to happen and as athletes we never think it can happen to us. So we are always like -- oaky we're good, okay I got this money, I got that money. It's not until you hit a crisis when you really understand how much money you have and what you have in the bank and what you don't have in the bank…. It's going to get bad. It's going to get really, really bad. -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony on his initial thoughts of the suspended season news
Shams Charania: Toronto’s Serge Ibaka has tested negative for coronavirus, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Ibaka defended Rudy Gobert throughout Jazz-Raptors game Monday, leading to testing of Toronto players Wednesday night.
Just two players—Gobert and Donovan Mitchell—tested positive for coronavirus. Gobert, who only reported symptoms when Utah arrived in Oklahoma City, sources told SI.com, and Mitchell are close, All-Stars who have been teammates since 2018. Oklahoma state health officials acted swiftly after learning of the positive test, the first in Oklahoma City. State officials ordered the testing of all members of the Jazz traveling party, sources say, in an effort to back trace the movements of anyone who tests positive to determine where the infection may have spread.
Gobert publicly apologized for his “careless” behavior in the days before his diagnosis, which included touching the digital recorders of reporters who had placed them in front of Gobert after an interview and reportedly making light of the issue inside the locker room. Mitchell is “extremely frustrated” with Gobert, league sources told SI.com. In an Instagram post, Mitchell said of coronavirus “hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.”
Both McCollum and Anthony first discussed how much money the league was going to lose if all the NBA games were to still be played, but without fans. And then… The big news bomb dropped at the 20:30 mark of the podcast. McCollum broke the news to Melo. LISTEN HERE "This is crazy. This really caught me off guard," CJ McCollum said. The two discussed the financial ramifications. Nobody knew this was going to happen and as athletes we never think it can happen to us. So we are always like -- oaky we're good, okay I got this money, I got that money. It's not until you hit a crisis when you really understand how much money you have and what you have in the bank and what you don't have in the bank…. It's going to get bad. It's going to get really, really bad. -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony on his initial thoughts of the suspended season news
Prior to going on his weekly radio spot on KNBR on Wednesday evening, Kerr had a discussion with Golden State general manager Bob Myers, in which the possibilities of the situation were laid out. "I had also just spoken to Bob Myers about a half-hour prior and he told me we were heading toward fanless games across the league, like ours was going to be, or a complete suspension," Kerr explained to The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "With the suspension, he said worst case -- if a player gets infected -- that’s when we’re for sure going into a suspension."
"I think the way this whole thing has unfolded, it’s always human nature to be in denial of something that we can’t really understand," Kerr said. "As this stuff was unfolding over the last couple of weeks, it’s hard to fathom that the sports world can come to a complete stop. So your mind as a vulnerable human being is trying to rationalize everything -- like we could do this, we could do that, we could take this measure, this is how we could still play. And then all of a sudden when the reality hits home it’s: 'Oh my God. This is real.'"
Dave McMenamin: Jeremy Lin, who already pledged $150,000 to fight the coronavirus in China, will donate an additional $150,000 to the United States Fund for UNICEF. He quoted Tupac in his announcement: "You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do what we gotta do, to survive"

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Shams Charania: Sources: One of the NBA Draft's best scouting events -- the Portsmouth Invitational in April -- has been canceled due to coronavirus outbreak. PIT has been showcase event for top seniors over the last 67 years; such as John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Jimmy Butler.

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Businesses around the TD Garden say they expect the economic repercussions of the NBA and NHL season shutdowns to cost them hundreds of customers a night. “The difference in attendance on a game night is massive; we go from having maybe 20 people here all night to having 300 or 400,” said Stephanie Scione, manager of Sullivan’s Tap on Canal Street. “What do you do now? How do you get people through the door?”
Tony Costa, manager of The Fours Restaurant & Sports Bar, said that the number of customers he gets on a non-game night drops from 1,000 to around 100, which means he’s forced to call in only a fifth of his staff. “We go from 40 employees down to five or six when there’s no game,” Costa said. “You never want to talk about layoffs, but whatever happens happens.”
The economic impact of the coronvirus is becoming clear, especially with sporting events being canceled. The Avalanche and Nuggets’ seasons have been officially been suspended by their leagues. On game nights at Brooklyn’s restaurant near the Pepsi Center, the venue employs more than 50 people. On non-game nights, only four people work there.
What will the Warriors’ ownership do to help the ushers, vendors, janitors and other Chase Center support staffers survive the loss of income during the current NBA shutdown? That’s an army of about 1,500 people, paid by the hour when they work, and most are suddenly out of work. The NBA has shut down for at least 30 days, and concerts at Chase are a no-go for at least two weeks, by San Francisco decree. “We will definitely do something, soon (to assist the workers),” Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob said Thursday, via email. “We have an idea, but (we) have to make sure we can do it.”
One Chase Center worker, Sylvia Lewis, said she would be receptive to doing out-of-venue work for the Warriors in order to maintain some cash flow. “If there's a job that they want us to do from our home, if they want us to do mailers, or whatever needs to be done, I am definitely willing to do it, because I need to work,” said Lewis, a “team leader” who manages the staff at a food concession at Chase. “I cannot afford to lose my home.”
In a recent interview with The Athletic's Marcus Thompson, the former Defensive Player of the Year intimated he doesn't expect to be back out on the court anytime soon, despite how badly he would like to be. "The only way I think they allow the season to start back up,” Green said, "is if they come out with some stuff to say, ‘It’s not as bad as we thought,' or if they find some kind of cure. Because otherwise, if they start the season back up and then somebody else catches it, then what? You can’t just quarantine a few guys for some days and then start it all back up. That s--t ain’t going to work."
One of the NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19 was at a metro school before the game, school officials confirmed Thursday. “There is a sense of panic about it,” Del City Superintendent Dr. Rick Cobb said. “There are a lot of people are worried.” Utah Jazz All Star forward Donovan Mitchell visited Del City High School Tuesday for a shoot around, according to the superintendent.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together! 🙏🏽
Jason Anderson: The Kings announced: All team activities suspended through March 16; players will remain in the Sacramento area; no group workouts or practices; no Kings players have experienced symptoms of COVID-19; all players have been asked to stay home as much as possible through Monday.
Marc J. Spears: The Kings say their players will remain in the Sacramento area and will not participate in group workouts or practices. Currently, no Kings players have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 and all players have been asked to stay home as much as possible through Monday.
Famuos NBA expert Chris Broussard shared his thoughts on the impact of coronavirus to the NBA season. “There are all kinds of speculations. I think it’s overly optimistic, but some think it’ll be out for two or three weeks and they’ll resume playing. Others have said they’re off for the next 30 days and after 30 days you’ll start the playoffs,” analyst told. “We don’t know. This could be much longer than we think. We’re just kind of at the beginning of it,” Broussard summed up.
"I think overall leadership is about having a direct derivative and I think he's had a direct derivative from the start," Smith said. "He understands the culture that we're in. He understands the world that we live in from human rights to human pandemics. He's always been ahead of the curve. We trust what he says because it's always clear." As for Kenny's co-worker Charles Barkley -- who's currently self-quarantined over coronavirus fears -- Smith says "he's fine right now."
Shams Charania: NBA and players union are planning to enter agreement for a moratorium period during league hiatus from coronavirus situation, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. It would freeze all business such as trades, signings, player/team options, 10-days.
In a correspondence to players addressing the uncertainty surrounding the NBA's indefinite suspension of play, the National Basketball Players Association on Friday spelled out terms on a doomsday provision included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that could free owners from paying players a percentage of their salaries should the rest of the season be lost to the coronavirus pandemic. The CBA includes a clause called the Force Majeure Event that includes multiple dramatic scenarios -- including epidemics -- that the league could trigger in the event of a worst case scenario. Other instances that could trigger the clause include natural disasters and war. The next scheduled paycheck for players comes on Sunday and those will be fulfilled.
Nick Friedell: Warriors staffers have been told to work from home for at least the next two weeks. Warriors players can work out individually inside the team’s facility if they would like — but they are not required to do so.
Jon Johnson: Members of Sixers’ medical team have been making daily calls to players, staff to check how they’re feeling. No news on tests, results.
Sarah K. Spencer: Hawks had a team meeting this morning. Goal was to give players opportunity to ask questions + keep them in the loop as best as possible entering the NBA's 30-day hiatus. Teams are not allowed to practice for the next few days, but players can work out individually at facility.
McCollum’s thoughts quickly turned to the livelihood of his fellow NBA players. “This is crazy,” he said on his podcast. “This really caught me off guard. I’m sweating, not because I’m nervous, because I take good care of myself, but I’m worried about a lot of players in the league who weren’t thinking about this ever happening. The fact that a big revenue stream is going to be taken away from a lot of players right now is a scary thought for some people that might not have prepared for disaster.”
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