With the escalation of the epidemic prevention status and the increase in the number of infections in the United States, the NBA has also begun to isolate players at home in addition to announcing the suspension of the game.
Many players in the current league have been infected with the new crown virus, not only Gobert, who was first tested, but also his teammate Mitchell, and later Wood, including Durant who took the initiative to announce to the outside world, the spread of the epidemic in the NBA
It should not be underestimated either.
In response to the epidemic within the league, some teams have also begun to conduct virus tests on team staff.
But this move also caused some different voices, because the testing kits in the United States are not sufficient. If the states take the lead in using these kits on NBA teams instead of using them on ordinary people who are more in need, is there any difference in treatment?
Some teams have been tested for the virus and have been bombarded with “the privilege of the rich”
According to media reports, as the Jazz, Pistons, and Nets all announced that players were infected with the new crown virus, some teams that played against them also immediately tested the team staff for the new crown virus.
On March 19, the entire Nets team was tested, and 4 people were confirmed to be infected with the new crown virus, including Durant who voluntarily announced.
Although Durant’s voluntary announcement made him well received by the outside world, the behavior of the Nets made other people questioned. They believed that in New York State, where the epidemic was severe, the Nets were occupying public resources.
The mayor of New York bombarded the Nets on social media, “We hope they can recover as soon as possible, but now there are so many critically ill patients waiting for reagents, NBA teams should not preemptively do team testing, reagents should be reserved for patients rather than others.
After being questioned, the Nets officially issued an announcement to respond to the dissatisfaction of the outside world. The Nets stated that these were all reagents they purchased through a private company and did not seize public resources.
“After we learned that an NBA player was infected with the new crown virus, we noticed that several team members and players had similar symptoms. Our medical experts recommended that all players be tested.”
The Celtics and Raptors, who have also recently played against the Jazz, have all been tested, and all members of the Raptors who participated in the test were negative.
The Pistons, another team with an infected player, also tested, but they did not test the entire team.
According to media reports, 17 of the 50 people who followed the Pistons to Philadelphia and New York to play away games were tested, all of whom had direct contact with Gobert, and the Pistons did not plan to test those who did not show symptoms.
The Lakers also did not test the entire team. They just asked the players to drive to the testing site by themselves, and then stayed in the car to wait for the test. The Lakers players also began a 14-day home self-quarantine.
Some teams did not test for the virus, but they did not respond negatively
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated that 8 NBA teams were required to undergo reagent testing for the new crown virus, while MSG Group, which controls the Knicks, issued a statement stating that the Knicks were not among them.
“We have been following the requirements of the local health department and the national health department. We will continue to pay attention to the situation of the players. Now they have not shown symptoms, so no one has been tested. We will continue to keep in touch with the health commissioner.”
Like the Knicks, the Warriors did not test players.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealed that the team does not intend to purchase testing reagents from private companies like the Nets did, and the testing reagents in the area where the Warriors are located are in a state of shortage, and the Warriors were told that they would not get priority.
Test reagents need to wait in line unless a player or staff has symptoms.
Warriors general manager Myers said, “We were told that there were not enough testing reagents, so we should wait in line like everyone else. We are all the same, we are just a team, and the team doctor told us that those who did not have symptoms are not temporarily safe.
It should be tested.”
“We just happen to be famous and rich because of basketball, but we shouldn’t feel special, and I think we’re right to wait in line.”
But the Warriors’ move is not a negative response. Cole is also disappointed by the lack of testing kits in California. “Although this is disappointing, this is the actual situation. We are all in the same situation.