NBA reveals no person examined optimistic for COVID-19 at All-Star Recreation as bio-secure bubble stays intact

NBA reveals no person examined optimistic for COVID-19 at All-Star Recreation as bio-secure bubble stays intact

No gamers, coaches or sport officers examined optimistic for COVID-19 whereas in Atlanta, the NBA stated on Monday after the ultimate checks had been processed and outcomes had been returned to the league and the groups concerned.

NBA reveals nobody tested positive for COVID-19 at All-Star Game as bio-secure bubble stays intact

Staff LeBron guard Stephen Curry (proper) celebrates after main his aspect to victory within the NBA All-Star Recreation in Atlanta on Sunday. AP Picture

Atlanta: The NBA’s mini-bubble in Atlanta for the All-Star Recreation apparently labored.

No gamers, coaches or sport officers examined optimistic for COVID-19 whereas in Atlanta, the NBA stated on Monday after the ultimate checks had been processed and outcomes had been returned to the league and the groups concerned.

That features Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, a pair of All-Stars who needed to miss the sport and left Atlanta early after being flagged via contact tracing. A barber each noticed earlier than going to Atlanta examined optimistic, and that meant Embiid and Simmons had been doubtlessly uncovered to the virus. By league coverage this season they could not play on Sunday evening.

“All gamers, coaches, and sport officers had been examined for COVID thrice after arriving in Atlanta, together with a last take a look at instantly previous to final evening’s All-Star Recreation,” the league stated in an announcement on Monday. “Every of these checks returned a unfavourable consequence, confirming nobody on the courtroom for final evening’s occasions was contaminated.”

Embiid and Simmons have continued to return unfavourable checks as nicely. It is nonetheless unclear if they are going to be eligible to play when Philadelphia opens its second-half schedule in Chicago on Thursday.

“Up to now, so good so far as their testing,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers stated. “They really feel nice. They each clearly needed to play. We’re disillusioned. Each of them, their largest concern could be if they might play the primary two video games once we get again. So we don’t know the reply to that but. That’s going to be actually essential for us. It could be robust to begin the second half of the 12 months and never have both one.”

All gamers and coaches who had been concerned within the sport arrived in Atlanta on Saturday and left late Sunday following the sport. Staff LeBron, captained and chosen by LeBron James, defeated Kevin Durant’s Staff Durant 170-150.

Some gamers questioned why the sport wanted to be performed in the course of the pandemic, and people questions continued on Sunday after it was revealed Embiid and Simmons couldn’t take part. However the league and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver insisted all through the planning for the sport that gamers could be secure in Atlanta.

And simply as was the case final summer time in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the place the NBA held the top of its common season after which the complete 2020 playoffs in a bubble at Walt Disney World, the plan labored.

“Huge shoutout to all people that made this occur, to the gamers for coming down and taking part, taking part in,” Phoenix All-Star Chris Paul, who additionally serves as president of the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation, stated after the sport. “There’s at all times loads of forwards and backwards on these completely different selections, however as soon as guys get right here, I believe they’re grateful for it.”

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