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Each day as new directives from government health officials emerge, the reality of what society looks like changes. And so does the reality for the Lakers. That has prompted Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka and coach Frank Vogel to check in with each other every day, usually in the morning. Players have been asked to check in daily to update the team about their health. As a group they have periodic conference calls to determine their next steps.
Belinelli’s father (Daniele), mother (Iole), and two brothers (Umbertro, Enrico) have remained confined in their homes in his native Italy since the coronavrius outbreak swept the country on Feb. 20. Since the NBA suspended the season last week after Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, Belinelli and his girlfriend (Martina) have stayed at their San Antonio residence. Since, Belinelli has spent most of his day talking with relatives on FaceTime. “Everyone is healthy,” Belinelli said. “Thank God everything is good.”
Therefore, Belinelli has partnered with the NBA players union to donate an unspecified amount of money to help the “Ospedale Maggiore” hospital in his native Bologna, the largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. “They are going through a truly terrible moment where they don’t have enough beds and intensive care for all the people that are getting sick," Belinelli said. “I’d like to help a little bit for everything that I can from San Antonio. It’s not easy.”
That is because Belinelli currently lives almost 6,000 miles away from his native country. “We miss Italy,” he said. “We would like to go back to Italy to stay close to our family.”
Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky did an interview with a reporter from his home country and the headline read, "Imprisoned in USA!" The article wasn't that extreme. But Satoransky did admit he wishes the NBA season would be canceled so he and his family can go home to the Czech Republic. He spoke to reporter Tomas Rambousek from Nova Sport for a story published Thursday. "It is not pleasant at all to stay here and watch how the owners of the teams try to finish off the season in order to not lose so much money," Satoransky said, according to a translation. "It's not very pleasant also because we -- me with my wife and daughter -- would like to depart to the Czech Republic. "The way I see it is that the season will get canceled, but it's not up to me."
The New Orleans Pelicans have yet to administer any testing, a source told ESPN's Andrew Lopez. No one in the team's full traveling party has shown symptoms and the team wants to allow those in the public who truly need tests to get them first, the source said.
Would other sports have suspended or postponed events as quickly as they did if the NBA hadn’t suspended play? Or do you think all of the coronavirus cancellations were inevitable? Charania: Eventually, it was all inevitable, I feel. In talking to NBA team executives and people around the league now, there is a consensus that a player testing positive was only a matter of time. The NBA and all of the pro sports leagues could have prolonged the inevitable. The NBA took its stand when one of its own players tested positive -- and set a trend for the rest of pro sports in the U.S.
The league is now studying the effects of social isolation on the mental health of its players, coaches and staffers, according to sources. Daily calls are held with mental health experts, and plans are being devised to use technology to help mitigate the effects of that isolation.
Jared Dudley: Realistically depends on how long we cant use our facilities... if we can’t train properly for a month or 2 , an athlete would need at least a month starting from scratch.. injuries would be the biggest concern ... so it all depends on this lay-off from our facilities
The New Orleans Pelicans have yet to administer any testing, a source told ESPN's Andrew Lopez. No one in the team's full traveling party has shown symptoms and the team wants to allow those in the public who truly need tests to get them first, the source said.
Would other sports have suspended or postponed events as quickly as they did if the NBA hadn’t suspended play? Or do you think all of the coronavirus cancellations were inevitable? Charania: Eventually, it was all inevitable, I feel. In talking to NBA team executives and people around the league now, there is a consensus that a player testing positive was only a matter of time. The NBA and all of the pro sports leagues could have prolonged the inevitable. The NBA took its stand when one of its own players tested positive -- and set a trend for the rest of pro sports in the U.S.
The league is now studying the effects of social isolation on the mental health of its players, coaches and staffers, according to sources. Daily calls are held with mental health experts, and plans are being devised to use technology to help mitigate the effects of that isolation.
Jared Dudley: Realistically depends on how long we cant use our facilities... if we can’t train properly for a month or 2 , an athlete would need at least a month starting from scratch.. injuries would be the biggest concern ... so it all depends on this lay-off from our facilities
Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky did an interview with a reporter from his home country and the headline read, "Imprisoned in USA!" The article wasn't that extreme. But Satoransky did admit he wishes the NBA season would be canceled so he and his family can go home to the Czech Republic. He spoke to reporter Tomas Rambousek from Nova Sport for a story published Thursday. "It is not pleasant at all to stay here and watch how the owners of the teams try to finish off the season in order to not lose so much money," Satoransky said, according to a translation. "It's not very pleasant also because we -- me with my wife and daughter -- would like to depart to the Czech Republic. "The way I see it is that the season will get canceled, but it's not up to me."
Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky did an interview with a reporter from his home country and the headline read, "Imprisoned in USA!" The article wasn't that extreme. But Satoransky did admit he wishes the NBA season would be canceled so he and his family can go home to the Czech Republic. He spoke to reporter Tomas Rambousek from Nova Sport for a story published Thursday.
"It is not pleasant at all to stay here and watch how the owners of the teams try to finish off the season in order to not lose so much money," Satoransky said, according to a translation. "It's not very pleasant also because we -- me with my wife and daughter -- would like to depart to the Czech Republic. The way I see it is that the season will get canceled, but it's not up to me."
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers, in a statement, said the two Lakers players who tested positive for COVID-19 are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under care of the team's physician. The rest of the players and staff are being asked to observe self-quarantine and shelter at home guidelines.
Brad Turner: Lakers statement

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As of Thursday, 894 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in California, third most in the U.S. behind New York (4,152 cases) and Washington state (1,187). But given California’s testing shortfall, potentially thousands more in the state are infected. On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr voiced frustration with the lack of testing before he conceded, “We’re in the same boat as everybody. It’s very difficult to find a test in California and many places.”
Marrcus Smart: I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP

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Adam Himmelsbach: Marcus Smart missed the Celtics' March 2 practice due to illness, but his description of his symptoms the following day, primarily vomiting, are generally not coronavirus symptoms.
Steph and Ayesha Curry continue to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Their latest contribution is launching a fundraiser on Facebook for Feeding America. The goal for the fundraiser is set at $200,000, with all of the proceeds going to Feeding America "and their support of people in need."
In addition to Feeding America, the Curry family donated 1 million meals to the Oakland Unified School District to help feed students who rely on the school's two meals a day. With school no longer in session, this presents a tough time for some of those students. They want to make sure each child has access to the food they need.
The Celtics player, who is not exhibiting symptoms, has been in isolation for several days and will continue to do so while being monitored by team medical staff. The team is awaiting further testing results and will communicate them as appropriate. Taking steps to maintain the health and safety of everyone in our organization and across the NBA remains our top priority, and we will continue to work closely with health officials and the league in addressing this situation.
Shams Charania: Two Lakers players have tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. The team may test the remaining players who did not take tests Wednesday morning.
Eric Woodyard: The Minnesota Timberwolves will participate in an online discussion tomorrow morning with motivational speaker Eric Thomas, sources tell ESPN. With guys out due to the #coronavirus crisis, protecting mental health is now a priority.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sixers statement

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Tim Reynolds: The updated COVID-19 count among the NBA family: 11. Players: 7. Unknown staff (may include players): 4. Teams with positive tests within organization so far: Utah, Brooklyn, Detroit, Philadelphia, Denver.
Kellan Olson: Suns announce that Devin Booker will start raising money for COVID-19 relief efforts on his Twitch channel. Booker is donating $100,000 to start it and everyone else can donate at twitch.tv/dbook Phoenix Suns Charities is matching the $100,000 as well.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. is doing his part to help the community in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Nance, an Akron native, is donating $50,000 each to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank and Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
On Jan. 31 -- just days after the outbreak in China had forced the Chinese Basketball Association to shut down, and five days after Bryant's death -- Weiss delivered his first memo to teams: "In light of the global reach of the NBA and frequent travel of teams and staff, we are closely monitoring the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) both in the United States and internationally," Weiss wrote.
On Feb. 29, at the same time California, New York and Washington State had documented community spread of the virus, Weiss instructed each team to open communication with local public health officials, infectious disease specialists and a local medical center "to be able to provide evaluations for COVID-19 in the case where there is suspicion of exposure to, or symptoms." If there was a reason to test a player, coach or staffer for COVID-19, the NBA should be lined up to act quickly. Stephen Curry was believed to have been the first player to have taken a test for the virus. On March 7, the Golden State Warriors said he'd tested positive for influenza-A and didn't have COVID-19.
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.
“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."
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Not a strong market for Ben Simmons out there?

Lowe and Sixers analyst Spike Eskin discussed Simmons’ plummeting trade value on this week’s edition of The Lowe Post. His lack of shooting and floor spacing during the playoffs might be impacting his utility and the price he could draw on the NBA market. “I have news for Philly fans, the GMs of the other teams watch the playoffs very very closely. And there are definitely teams that I have talked to in the last 48 hours who were once in on Simmons, who say, at lease to me, it could be posturing, “eh, we’re a little less in than we used to be.”
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Of course, the Knicks could also look to package those picks in a trade for a star player. Including this draft, New York has five first-round picks in the next three drafts. So the club has plenty of draft capital to use in a trade. If a star like Damian Lillard somehow becomes available via trade, New York would have to offer that draft capital in any trade conversations with Portland.