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Both the Nets and NBA responded to blowback Brooklyn got for having their players tested for coronavirus. And NBC News reported that the team used a commercial lab in suburban Kansas City. The test, developed by Viracor Eurofins of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was made available to private clients Friday, the company said on Twitter. The Nets were tested the next day.

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“I have a 15- and a 14-year-old, and the more I tell them not to do something, the more they want to do it,” Dr. Adams said Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” “What I really think we need to do – and you and I talked about this earlier this week – was get our influencers, Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell. We need to get Kylie Jenner, we need to get our social media influencers out there and helping folks understand that, look, this is serious. This is absolutely serious. People are dying.”
Timberwolves Executive Chef David Fhima is offering free lunch to those in need. At 2 p.m. Fhima’s food truck, “Fare Well Foods,” will be parked in front of Public Kitchen, offering a free lunch to anyone in need at 229 6th St E, St Paul, MN, 55101, according to an announcement.
Michael Singer: Update on member of Nuggets organization testing positive for COVID-19: The test wasn't procured by private means, according to a league source. denverpost.com/2020/03/19/nug…
The preseason tournament will feature 16 to 22 players from The Big3 who are negative for the coronavirus, and they will be quarantined in Los Angeles, sources said. Former NBA standouts such as Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph and Greg Oden could participate in the tournament, but many details need to be worked out.
“As long as we can protect the players, which we will do through proper testing and quarantine, Ice cube and I feel we can give fans some safe, entertaining brand of basketball to get everyone through this pandemic,” Kwatinetz told Yahoo Sports. “Cube and I have been in the entertainment business for 30 years. This is our job. People want to be entertained with all we’re going through and enjoy our sports. We think this will help.”
Sam Amick: The Denver Nuggets announce that a member of their organization tested positive for COVID-19. It's unclear if that person is a player, staff member etc. Press release keeps it intentionally vague.
Emiliano Carchia: Olimpia Milano players ended their self-isolation. All the players are good and they have been allowed to leave Italy to return to their countries/families. Sergio Rodriguez, Keifer Sykes, Drew Crawford, Nemanja Nedovic and Vlado Micov are expected to going back home
Sikka, a former anesthesiologist with a deep background in researching sports injuries, was hired by Gersson Rosas last summer as part of his goal to prioritize player health and wellness. Seven months later, Sikka’s presence in the front office has been integral to helping the Timberwolves identify the potential issues with coronavirus and put together a plan to help their players and staff get through one of the biggest challenges this generation has faced. “He’s done an unbelievable job of not only warning us and getting our attention, but breaking it down to levels where players can digest it and … staff can digest it, but more importantly they can act on it,” Rosas said.
“I told every one of the players the week before the whole thing with Rudy Gobert broke that this will be your 9/11,” Sikka said. “This will be the event that defines your young adult life. “I remember where I was when the World Trade Center was hit. These guys are going to remember where they were when they found out about Rudy. They’re going to remember where they were when the found out the season being postponed, when the tournament got canceled. All that is going to be with them for the rest of their life.”
“I was hurt. I am not going to lie. Those are all games you dream about as a senior,” Green said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “When I found it was canceled, it was heartbreaking, low-key. But I’m good. Everything happens for a reason. They’re not going to bring it back, but just to be announced as a player selected for that is cool. So, I have that honor.”
What is your daily routine now? Jalen Green: "I am in the gym when I can be, but mostly I’m in the house. It’s crazy. Everyone is going to go on lockdown soon. I just try to keep working. I am in Napa still. … I am good. I am trying not to focus on the outside stuff. I’m trying to get better. College is coming up. Just trying to get prepared for the next level."
As we learned NBA players on other teams had tested positive for COVID-19, we noticed that several of our players and staff had symptoms. Based on this information, and the judgment that all of our players are subject to high exposure due to the close physical nature of basketball, the communal nature of teams and the possibility of an accelerated spread from team to team, our medical experts advised that our players get tested. We sourced the tests through a private company and paid for them ourselves because we did not want to impact access to CDC’s public resources.
Using the test results, we were able to take immediate precautions and strictly isolate the players who tested positive. If we had waited for players to exhibit symptoms, they might have continued to pose a risk to their family, friends and the public. Our hope is that by drawing attention to the critical need for testing asymptomatic positive carriers, we can begin to contain the spread and save lives. We believe it is not only the right thing to do for our players and their families, it is the responsible thing to do from a medical and epidemiological standpoint.
Emiliano Carchia: Antonio Blakeney is back to Jiangsu, a source told @Emiliano Carchia. He will serve a 14-day quarantine before joining the team
The Nets used a commercial laboratory in suburban Kansas City to test their players and staff on Saturday, NBC NEWS reported Thursday. The tests were conducted one day after the lab made the test kits available for a fee, The test, developed by Viracor Eurofins of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was first made available to private clients Friday, according to the company’s Twitter feed.
Rachel Nichols: I asked Adam Silver how he'd determine if the NBA season could resume, and if so, what it would look like - he told me the league is considering three different options for going forward, including a possible one-off event for charity. Said Silver: "all suggestions welcome."
As the NBA reckons with its new reality caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Nuggets have implemented a 3-to-4-day self-quarantine policy where no players or staff are to use the team’s facilities, according to a source close to the situation.
The 76ers’ players were tested on Monday for COVID-19, according to several sources. The news comes after the team announced last Thursday that it was arranging tests for players and staff members who recently came in contact with players who tested positive for the coronavirus. At least some of the Sixers staff members are still waiting to be tested.
No member of the Bulls' traveling party has reported symptomatic of the virus, which has shut down the sports world and most of society in a global pandemic. All members of the traveling party have been given specific guidelines and instructions on what to do and where to go for testing should symptoms present. The Bulls, like all teams, held an informational meeting regarding the situation on Monday at the Advocate Center.
National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said she was "disappointed" in the criticism NBA teams and players have gotten for receiving access to COVID-19 tests and sounded off on who she believes is responsible for the scarcity of public tests in America: the federal government. "There's nothing irresponsible -- if you've got that information [that you've been exposed] -- about trying to get the tests," Roberts told ESPN on Wednesday. "The problem that more of us can't get the tests -- and I'm not apologetic about saying it -- in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed.
Bill Oram: Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma says he is partnering with YMCA in Flint, Mich., to donate meals to seniors impacted by coronavirus pandemic. Program will provide dinner & a snack nightly starting March 23 and will run at least 6 weeks. Expected to provide more than 550 meals per week.
Drake is self-isolating at his mansion in Toronto after partying with Nets star Kevin Durant just days before Durant was diagnosed with coronavirus, Page Six is told. The pals hung out at West Hollywood hotspot Nice Guy eight days ago, with Drake posting a photo of their night out.
Rachel Nichols: I asked Adam Silver how he'd determine if the NBA season could resume, and if so, what it would look like - he told me the league is considering three different options for going forward, including a possible one-off event for charity. Said Silver: "all suggestions welcome."
As the NBA reckons with its new reality caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Nuggets have implemented a 3-to-4-day self-quarantine policy where no players or staff are to use the team’s facilities, according to a source close to the situation.
The 76ers’ players were tested on Monday for COVID-19, according to several sources. The news comes after the team announced last Thursday that it was arranging tests for players and staff members who recently came in contact with players who tested positive for the coronavirus. At least some of the Sixers staff members are still waiting to be tested.
No member of the Bulls' traveling party has reported symptomatic of the virus, which has shut down the sports world and most of society in a global pandemic. All members of the traveling party have been given specific guidelines and instructions on what to do and where to go for testing should symptoms present. The Bulls, like all teams, held an informational meeting regarding the situation on Monday at the Advocate Center.
National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said she was "disappointed" in the criticism NBA teams and players have gotten for receiving access to COVID-19 tests and sounded off on who she believes is responsible for the scarcity of public tests in America: the federal government. "There's nothing irresponsible -- if you've got that information [that you've been exposed] -- about trying to get the tests," Roberts told ESPN on Wednesday. "The problem that more of us can't get the tests -- and I'm not apologetic about saying it -- in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed.
Bill Oram: Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma says he is partnering with YMCA in Flint, Mich., to donate meals to seniors impacted by coronavirus pandemic. Program will provide dinner & a snack nightly starting March 23 and will run at least 6 weeks. Expected to provide more than 550 meals per week.
Drake is self-isolating at his mansion in Toronto after partying with Nets star Kevin Durant just days before Durant was diagnosed with coronavirus, Page Six is told. The pals hung out at West Hollywood hotspot Nice Guy eight days ago, with Drake posting a photo of their night out.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Adam Silver says 1 option about restarting season is how to start with arenas with fans. Option 2 is to play without fans and doctors saying it's safe to play. Third option considered is can group of players play fundraiser/form of entertainment for so many stuck at home if safe
Serge Ibaka: Cardio day at home pic.twitter.com/LzSRGBnzwk

http://twitter.com/sergeibaka/status/1240409801588461570
Malika Andrews: The Nets said in a statement that their players and staff were exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, prompting them to get tested. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/ZChF35XlKT

http://twitter.com/malika_andrews/status/1240400301305323526
Pau Gasol: Training, eating healthy, spending family time, and watching documentaries like this one from @SerenaWilliams is what I’ve been doing these days. #ImStayingHome🏠 Tomorrow I’ll be on #InstagramLive to chat about how you guys are doing these days. See you then! pic.twitter.com/yfB6wD0dGB

http://twitter.com/paugasol/status/1240382506307813377
The N.B.A. has crowned a champion in each of its 73 previous seasons and wants to avoid the sort of unappealing, unresolved conclusion to a season that Major League Baseball endured in 1994, when a labor impasse halted play in August. League officials want this even if it means returning from a first-of-its-kind extended delay to play in empty arenas and serving up the type of raggedy product that could well result from a lengthy hiatus.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers administered testing to players only - not coaches/trainers - today, sources told ESPN. Players arrived at the test site and never left their cars during the procedure, which took a matter of minutes, involving a Q-tip being placed up their nostril to secure a culture
One person said the doctor inserted a big swab in the nose, that it had to touch the throat and then was twisted while inside the nose. It took about 10 seconds for the testing to be completed. The testing wasn’t mandatory for the Lakers’ players, and none of the coaches were tested.
Players who took the test are hoping to get the results back by Friday. “It hurts,” one person said. “It doesn’t feel good.”
Nikola Vucevic: Have questions about the coronavirus? The @NBA has great resources from @cdcgov & @WHO: http://coronavirus.nba.com
Tilman Fertitta's Post Oak Hotel is cutting worker benefits as it and others in the hospitality industry cope with dining room closures, lost conference bookings and room cancellations as the country stays home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Vacation and paid time off benefits will be temporarily suspended and any time off would go unpaid, according to a memo sent to employees this week from the hotel's general manager Jorge Gonzales. The letter tells employees of the hotel at 1600 West Loop South where to find information on how to apply for unemployment benefits.
Fertitta, a Galveston native who owns the Houston Rockets and a global restaurant empire, told CNBC's Power Lunch early this month that his business was off $1 million a day from a base of $12 million a day in restaurant sales. "But remember, that last million in sales is your most profitable," he said on CNBC, which airs his reality show Billion Dollar Buyer. "That's where your heavy profit is, so if you don't cut expenses than what can you cut? We're not going to cut the quality of the product. You can only cut labor."
Wilson Chandler: Building manager called me saying “Oh, I seen Nets players had the virus. We would like to know your status. And if you could possibly stay out of the lobby etc. We can’t afford to lose our staff.” Didn’t even ask was I ok, one. And two, she didn’t ask me if I had been tested and if it was negative or positive. F--- this building man. I’m going home. Has to be 300 + plus ppl in this building coming and going. Plus Fed Ex and UPs deliveries, Amazon etc. F--- that lady man.
However, that’s all on hold since the NBA season has been suspended due to COVID-19. While pausing the season is understandable, it has led to frustration for many, including Hoskins who depends on his freelance check from NBA Entertainment. No games, no paycheck. “In the short term, I’ve got time off because normally I keep my schedule open (for the Pacers) up until the middle of April and the first of May because of the playoffs,” Hoskins said.
Silver’s decision set off a chain of events that led to the postponement of several high-profile sporting events for millions of people, including the NCAA men's and women's tournaments, the NHL season, MLB's spring training and the Masters, to name a few. And the NBA’s move may end up playing an important role in flattening the curve of outbreak – a public health service that could save lives and help minimize stress on health care personnel and services. “His action was instrumental at getting the political will and the economic will across the country over the hump, to switch us from one mode of thinking to another and get us to realize this is no longer an inconvenience and it is a national emergency,” Rishi Desai told USA TODAY Sports.
Silver relied on relationships he had formed to help him understand coronavirus and its potential impact. One of Silver’s strengths, beyond his intelligence and marketing skills, is his ability to maintain connections, never knowing when someone might be able to help, one person told USA TODAY Sports. Silver also has an influential circle of trusted confidants including former American Express CEO Ken Chenault and former Disney CEO Bob Iger.
The 64-year old Roberts said she is certain more players will test positive after some notable names already have. “I was mortified any of our players would test positive. But the more I learned about the likelihood of fatalities among all of us given our ages and pre-existing conditions, I have learned to embrace the probability that many of our players will be positive for the virus,” Roberts said. “They want to understand exactly what the health risks are. So whatever information we can impart, we do. We are (as) vigilant as we can and try to update them.”
Three Warriors players have left the Bay Area to join their families, Myers said, without identifying which ones. No Warriors employee, at this point, has tested positive for the coronavirus, he said. But no employee has tested negative, either. Until a coach, player or staffer is symptomatic, they won’t test at all, in accordance with local and state government preferences, according to Myers. “We’ve been told that the testing is in short supply and we’re treating ourselves like people,” Myers said. “Which is what we are. We’re not better than anybody, not worse. Just a basketball team. … I’ve been told by our doctors, medical community, we shouldn’t be testing asymptomatic people at this point in California. … We’ve been told there’s not enough tests to do that.”
Do we know anything about how (Nets) got tested? Alex Schiffer: They went to a private company.
An NBA official said no final decisions have been made on the lottery or combine. If the regular season is canceled, the Knicks would hold the sixth-best odds in the lottery at 21-45. That gives them a nine percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick and a 27.5 percent chance of a top-three pick. There’s also a scenario of falling to No. 10.
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