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The Pelicans’ security personnel were alerted, sources said, and they immediately began communicating that information to the team’s front office members, who were congregated elsewhere in the arena. Pelicans executives huddled up and grabbed their phones, quickly looking up recent Jazz box scores to confirm the information that had been relayed to them. And there it was: On Monday night, two days prior to this game, Courtney Kirkland had officiated the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz game in Salt Lake City.

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Cook, the Lakers back-up point guard, was on a Washington, DC podcast, Wizards Talk, Friday and talked about KD, who was one of four Nets who admitted he had tested positive for coronavirus last weekend. There’s been no updates on his condition since then. “He’s good. He’s good,” Cook said. “His spirits are good. K is in great spirits, still being K, man. Low, mellow, chill, moving at his own pace.”
There were only about 20 minutes remaining until tipoff, according to those present. Upon learning of Kirkland's exposure to an infected player, Pelicans staffers walked to the visitor's locker room and informed the players. One player wondered aloud, according to sources, "What's the point of even playing this game?" It was decided as a team that they wouldn't participate in the game, according to sources. Remain in the locker room, team officials instructed.
There's no word on whether other referees have been tested. Sources at the league office and referee union both declined to provide further information, indicating that tests and the results of those tests would be made public at the discretion of the applicable state and local health authorities.
Thunder point guard Chris Paul, home instead of on the court, posted an uplifting message Friday on Instagram. It was the first time Paul has publicly spoken since the Thunder-Jazz game was postponed and the NBA season suspended last Wednesday after Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.
"I know everybody's trying to make sense of life right now with the situation and the circumstances that we have going on," Paul said. "I'm not here to try to tell anybody how to live their life. Just wanted to give some type of hope or encouragement for those that are having a hard time. It's a great opportunity for us all to step up and lead our families. The best thing that we all can do right now is try to be as selfless as possible.”

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Chris Paul: “I wanna give a huge shoutout to the medical experts and the doctors who are day in and day out giving themselves up from their families to make sure that we're all OK. And know that that stuff does not go unseen. A huge shout-out also to all those teachers out there. It's been a lot of mornings here now trying to fulfill that role with my kids and just using this time as an opportunity to connect and reconnect. I think it gives us a lot of perspective as we're all here spending a lot more time doing things that we may have not done because we're usually all so busy on the go. So take this time to call some of your friends or your family and let them know how much you love them and how much you care about them.”
Vanessa Bryant's trying to get affairs in order for her and her kids following Kobe's death, and coronavirus is making it difficult ... so she's asking the court for some help. Vanessa filed legal docs asking a judge to appoint a guardian ad litem for her 2 daughters -- Bianka and Natalia -- as well as another for Capri ... as it pertains to modifying Kobe's trust to include Capri.
With the Chinese Basketball Association preparing to end a nearly three-month hiatus, the league is welcoming back some of its foreign players, with perhaps the biggest splash of all coming from Jeremy Lin. "Safely landed back in Beijing to finish out the CBA season!" Lin said on social media Thursday after spending 40 hours traveling from his Bay Area home to China, adding, "It's been an awesome 2 months camped out in the gym ... basketball has never been more meaningful. The world needs basketball now more than ever."
As of now, among those who have returned to China are Lin, Ty Lawson, Donatas Motiejunas, Sonny Weems, Kyle Fogg, Pooh Jeter, Marko Todorovic, Antonio Blakeney and Ekpe Udoh. More are expected to return in upcoming days. Hamed Haddadi -- a former NBA center and a veteran of the CBA -- is currently held up in his home country of Iran, where the pandemic has also hit hard. His team Nanjing is working with the Chinese Embassy in Iran to aid in his return.
Lance Stephenson, who is in his first CBA stint with Liaoning, has indicated he will return. "Ready," he posted on Weibo with a video highlight of himself from earlier in the season.
LeBron James did his first-ever live video on Instagram for over an hour Thursday evening, providing an unfiltered glimpse into what life looks like in the James household. James drank wine, played cards with his wife Savannah, made fun of his beard, laughed at Bryce and Zhuri dancing, joked around with Bronny, played with his dog and answered fans' questions.
Cook then praised Durant for coming forward, admitting he was one of the four Nets that tested positive, and spreading awareness about the virus. "He's just encouraging social distancing, staying inside and don't expose others," Cook said on Durant. "For him to step up to the plate and use his platform to spread awareness, it's brave. That's the kind of guy he is. He's fine. He's doing great."
Jeff Zillgitt: Per White House press conference, President Trump said he has talked with Miami Heat owner and Carnival Corporation chairman Micky Arison about using cruise ships for sick patients. Trump said Arison pledged use of ships in various ports if necessary.
The league is using its vast digital footprint and the powerful voices of teams, players, coaches, doctors and others across the NBA family to launch "NBA Together" - a global community and social engagement campaign that aims to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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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.
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“They’re really loaded on him,” Rivers said. “We showed him on film, the flow pass the bounce pass are the two areas where we’re going to need him to be great.” Harris’ scoring is still his calling card and the area that you look at first to cite his playoff improvement: Through eight games, he’s averaging 23.6 points per game on 60 percent true shooting this postseason compared to 15.8 points per game on 46 percent true shooting in last season’s sweep against Boston in the bubble. But especially on those backup units, teams might force Harris to be a distributor. In Game 3, he looked up to the challenge.
Rivers joked on Sunday about how he doesn’t like “football players” in basketball, emphasizing that you can’t rest on defense in basketball. For Korkmaz, who gets on the floor because of his shooting, the defensive side is where he is forced to work harder. “Furk is doing all the little things that are required out of him,” Rivers said. “We’re not asking him to be Ben. But we’re asking him to be a better version of himself defensively. And I think he’s doing that.”
But with the Nuggets’ season on the line, and their two best players — Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray — out (Jokic was ejected at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter due to a flagrant foul 2), Denver scored 43 points over roughly the final 16 minutes. The Suns suffered a bit of a defensive letdown. “We know when we’re not playing the type of defense that we need to be playing,” Devin Booker said after the game. “So we communicate that amongst each other, and we tell each other ‘It’s time to lock in.’ And that’s what we do. But we saw a different style of offense once Jokic went out. Them having JaVale (McGee) picking and rolling to the rim.
Both of them get it, that life is bigger despite being uber-competitive. Paul is known for his relentlessness on the court that borders on maniacal. But even when he was going through his shoulder issues, he kept making it clear people are going through worse and he’d be fine. “To be on this journey with him and to see it paying off is nice,” Paul said. “We’re a lot alike. We stay locked in. I don’t feel good until the buzzer sounds. Mont’s the same way. When the series is over, and the game is over, it’s nice to share those moments.”

Former Celtic Glen Davis on Kyrie Irving's injury: 'Karma is real'

Davis, a member of the Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning squad, had some thoughts on the injury. In an Instagram reply, Davis seemed to imply that it was a result of basketball karma after Irving stomped on Boston’s center court logo earlier in the playoffs. “Karma is real. Energy is real no matter what you guys say,” Davis said in another IG comment. “That logo means something negative or positive. Ky wished that on hisself (sic). Energy is real, always have respect for other no matter if its (sic) a logo are (sic) not.”
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Stephen Curry on joining Team USA: 'I'm literally 50-50'

A gold medal is one thing missing from his resume, but he said he has yet to make up his mind. He continues to look at the logistics of playing in Tokyo. He is curious to learn which other players are planning to go and to see how strong the team will be. “I’m literally 50-50,” he said of his decision. “I probably need to decide in the next two weeks.”
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