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No symptoms for Lakers after 2-week quarantine

Two weeks after two unnamed Los Angeles Lakers players tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday that all of its players are currently symptom-free.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

After the Brooklyn Nets revealed that four of their players, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the virus, the Lakers quickly arranged for their players to be tested because their last game was against the Nets on March 10 at Staples Center.

The NBA suspended its season indefinitely the following day.

The Lakers had to wait two days for test results, and then all of their players were placed in a 14-day home isolation prescribed by the team. Fourteen players out of the Lakers’ 17-man roster (including two-way contracts) were tested at the time, league sources told ESPN.8
The Lakers never had to leave their vehicles once arriving at the test site for the procedure, which involved a cotton swab being placed up players’ nostrils to secure a culture.

“The thing I think people aren’t realizing is how serious of an ordeal this is and that it’s not to be taken lightly,” Lakers guard Alex Caruso told ESPN last week when asked about the team’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Everybody said the test is uncomfortable, and it pretty much was. They just stuck a Q-tip through your nose to the back of your mouth.”nike nfl cheap jerseys

The Lakers have currently missed 10 games since the NBA went on hiatus — which will reach three weeks on Wednesday.

Lakers superstar LeBron James on Monday resumed exercising with the assistance of longtime athletic trainer Mike Mancias at his L.A. home.

James appeared as a guest on the “Road Trippin'” podcast last week and proposed a truncated finale to the regular season — five to 10 games — if and when play resumes, followed by the postseason.

“One thing you can’t just do is go straight to the playoffs,” James said. “Because it discredits the 60-plus games that guys had fighting for that position.”

There have been more than 160,000 reported cases of the coronavirus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, causing more than 2,800 deaths.

Heat’s Goran Dragic says he’s not going to Slovenia during layoff

Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat said Tuesday that he is prepared to forgo his annual offseason move back to his native Slovenia if that is what the NBA schedule necessitates.

Dragic, his wife and their two children are in Miami and have no plans to leave for Slovenia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. His parents recently left Miami to return home, but the Heat guard says he’s staying.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“Three days ago they flew back home because they had to — the government said that all the Slovenian citizens needed to get back,” Dragic said, referring to his parents, adding that they wore masks and gloves on their not-very-full flight back to Slovenia. “But my situation is different. Here is my home. We have health insurance in America and we have a home to go to, so we’re going to stay here.”

Dragic and his family have gotten a firsthand global view of the pandemic.7

He’s in Miami, and so is his uncle — who is staying in the U.S. because he cannot get back to his native Serbia; Dragic said that country has essentially locked its borders over health concerns. Dragic’s brother Zoran, a former Heat guard, was quarantined while playing in Spain, then returned to Slovenia recently and is under quarantine again, unable to leave his hotel room for a couple of more weeks.

“It’s a really crazy situation over there,” Dragic said, detailing what his brother went through in Spain — one of the hardest-hit nations, with more than 94,000 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 8,000 deaths attributed to the virus, the second-highest total worldwide behind only Italy. Slovenia has confirmed 802 cases through Tuesday, with 15 deaths.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

In Miami, though, Dragic is trying to keep some sense of normalcy.

Dragic said the Heat are participating in a daily team workout on Zoom most mornings, those sessions often including strength and conditioning coach Eric Foran and Heat assistant coach Chris Quinn, among others.

“We try to work together, in isolation,” Dragic said.

Dragic has also been working out individually at his waterfront home, trying to stay fit. He’s hopeful that the season resumes at some point and said he hopes the league has teams play no more than a handful of games before starting the playoffs.

“I’m running around the house. I’m going to be in good shape,” Dragic said.

Dragic is averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 assists this season for the Heat, coming off the bench in all but one of his 54 games.

FSU freshman Patrick Williams declares for NBA draft

Florida State forward Patrick Williams announced Thursday he will forgo his sophomore season to enter the NBA draft.

Williams made the announcement in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Words can’t describe how blessed I am to be in this position,” Williams wrote as part of his post. “… To my teammates, thank you for being more than just teammates. The love, support, and authenticity we show one another has honestly made this season a dream come true. The entire year has been filled with moments I will truly never forget.”cheap nike nfl jersey

He is the 20th-ranked prospect in ESPN’s draft prospect rankings.8

Williams is the second FSU player to declare his eligibility for the draft. Sophomore guard Devin Vassell, who led the Seminoles with 12.7 points per game this season, also has said he’d enter the draft.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 25, but following worldwide suspensions of basketball activities amid the coronavirus outbreak, NBA front-office executives and others in the industry told ESPN they are bracing for the potential impact of a delayed 2020 draft with a heavily reduced pre-draft process.

LeBron James says there’s no excitement, crying or joy without fans

Speaking extensively for the first time since the NBA announced it was suspending its season during the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James outlined some of the challenges facing the league as it hopes to get back to the court.

“So what happens when a guy who is tested positive for corona and you’re out there on the floor with him and it’s a loose ball?” James said as a guest on the Road Trippin’ Podcast hosted by former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye and current Lakers studio host Allie Clifton.

The podcast, presented by James’ multimedia platform Uninterrupted, was released Thursday, the same day James and the Lakers were scheduled to be in Cleveland to play the Cavs. Instead, the NBA’s hiatus ticked past two weeks as there have been 14 reported cases of COVID-19 involving players and personnel — including two Lakers.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“It’s always special going back there and looking up there and look at that banner,” James said, referring to the 2016 championship banner James, an Akron, Ohio, native who played 11 of his 17 seasons in Cleveland, helped earn. “Think about all the great memories that we had. And then being able to play in front of my friends and family again. That would have been so cool. … I’m kind of bummed out about that.”7

He was also disappointed at the thought of returning to play in a league that, at least temporarily, would likely be forced to play games with no fans in attendance.

“What is the word ‘sport’ without ‘fan’?” James asked. “There’s no excitement. There’s no crying. There’s no joy. There’s no back-and-forth.

“… That’s what also brings out the competitive side of the players to know that you’re going on the road in a hostile environment and yes, you’re playing against that opponent in front of you, but you really want to kick the fans’ ass too.cheap nike nfl jersey

“So to get back on the floor, I would love it. I’m not going to sit here and say nothing. Like, if it’s get out there and get back on the floor 5-on-5 … but like, we can do that in scrimmages. Let’s just go to each other’s practice facility, put out a camera, just scrimmage and livestream it. … I just don’t know how we can imagine a sporting event without fans. It’s just, it’s a weird dynamic.”

James and the hosts also addressed the logistical concerns regarding what it would actually take to turn the lights back on for the league. When Jefferson, who also works as an ESPN NBA analyst, suggested that teams could be isolated in a league-selected hotel for the duration of the postseason as a safety measure, James objected.

New UAB coach Andy Kennedy braces for ‘most unusual’ basketball season

Andy Kennedy acknowledged the bizarre nature of an introductory news conference without any media in attendance.

It wasn’t even the strangest scene the new UAB coach has experienced because of the coronavirus.nfl nike jersey cheap

“We’re living in unusual times, hence a press conference with no people,” Kennedy said Monday, when he was formally introduced as the new coach of his alma mater, replacing Robert Ehsan.

UAB allowed only 10 staffers inside the Green and Gold room at Bartow Arena, with a moderator and live stream on Facebook in an attempt to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Kennedy was introduced by athletic director Mark Ingram, and then he fielded a few questions from radio announcer David Crane, who relayed several taken in advance from reporters. The men sat at opposite ends of a small table, with their chairs pulled back and a 2015 Conference USA tournament championship trophy between them.6

Kennedy, who was living in suburban Birmingham after his 12-year run as Mississippi’s coach, jokingly noted that they might not have the full 6 feet of separation recommended by health officials during the pandemic.

It was a strange scene, but less so than what happened last week — or what Kennedy fears could lie ahead.

Kennedy was working at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville for ESPN and the SEC Network when the remaining games around the country — including the NCAA tournament and many other sporting events — were called off. Suddenly, the arenas were empty.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“It felt surreal, like, is this actually happening?” said Kennedy. “This is certainly not the introduction that we wanted. I can’t wait for this room to be filled and to see many familiar faces.”

Normally, introductions for new coaches at UAB and elsewhere would include some fans, prominent boosters and a number of reporters and cameras.

But not this time. Kennedy was joined in the room by Ingram, media relations officials and the production crew.

Kennedy, whose hiring was announced Friday, received a six-year contract and an unconventional situation that coaches and athletic programs around the country are confronting.

Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton headed to NBA draft

Iowa State sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Tuesday.

Haliburton, the No. 7 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, emerged as one of the draft class’ elite point guard prospects.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals for the Cyclones. Despite his season being cut short because of a fractured wrist in February, Haliburton established himself as one of the most intelligent, versatile and efficient playmakers in the country.5

Haliburton is a career 43% 3-point shooter in college.nfl nike jersey cheap

Considered a mid-major recruit for much of his high school career, Haliburton made a rapid ascent in his game to become a likely NBA lottery pick. He took advantage of an injury to Iowa State’s starting point guard as a freshman and eventually emerged on NBA radars with a strong showing at the FIBA U19 World Cup last summer, leading Team USA to a gold medal.

Ty Jerome’s Suns scorch Josh Okogie’s Timberwolves in NBA 2K

With the NBA season suspended because of the coronavirus, Phoenix Suns shooting guard Ty Jerome and Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Josh Okogie got their basketball fix in another way Wednesday: NBA 2K.

With Jerome manning the controller for the Suns and Okogie on the sticks for the Wolves, Phoenix beat Minnesota 93-63, with Devin Booker’s 29 points leading the way.

“It’s fun,” Jerome told ESPN. “We can’t really interact with the fans right now, so to find different ways to interact with them, it’s fun. It’s definitely entertaining for me, and I hope it is for them, too.”

This was the second simulated regular-season game presented by the Suns, who broadcast the game on their Twitch channel and on Twitter. Combined, viewership steadily climbed each quarter, consistently in the vicinity of 15,000-20,000 viewers. All signs point to the team continuing to play out regular-season games on NBA 2K, perhaps with a revolving cast at the helm.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

On Wednesday afternoon, before the Suns’ game on the virtual court, Jerome, along with former Virginia teammate and current Atlanta Hawks player De’Andre Hunter and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dylan Windler, played Fortnite on a stream. Jerome and Hunter played on Virginia’s 2019 NCAA championship team.8

Gaming has seemingly become the primary pastime for many athletes whose seasons are on hiatus. Meyers Leonard has been playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s new mode Warzone, and Booker has also been streaming Warzone on his Twitch account. Even Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been asking Twitter for tips on how to put together a streaming setup.

When asked how playing as the Suns in the game felt in comparison to the team on the court, Jerome offered some insight.

“It’s really different,” Jerome said. “We fed off [Booker], [Ricky Rubio] had six assists, so that’s normal. They don’t give Deandre Ayton enough credit for finishing on the rim, he was missing a bunch of layups. So certain things are realistic, but it’s a video game, so it’s never going to be perfect.”

Jerome has his own Twitch channel, on which he has streamed Fortnite.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Jerome said although he started playing video games in middle school, he’s using it mostly as a way to be social with friends and interact with fans in chat. When asked whether he would like to be invited to charity video game tournaments and perhaps a Fortnite pro-am, he smiled and said: “I don’t know if I’d be able to compete at that level in Fortnite, but I’m definitely down to go meet the streamers, meet different people. That would be cool.”

Lakers players undergo coronavirus testing; were Nets’ last opponent

The Los Angeles Lakers underwent testing for coronavirus Wednesday, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, following the Brooklyn Nets’ announcement Tuesday that four players had tested positive for the virus.

The testing was administered to Lakers players only — not the coaching staff or support staff — sources told McMenamin. Players arrived at the test site and never left their vehicles during the procedure, which involved a Q-tip being placed up their nostril to secure a culture, according to sources.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Each test took a matter of minutes, according to sources. A Lakers spokesperson would not comment on the testing, citing medical privacy rules. The Lakers played the Nets in their last game before the NBA suspended play last Wednesday following a positive test by Utah’s Rudy Gobert.7

The Lakers will self-quarantine for 14 days. Most of the Lakers are still in town, so testing should not be a logistical issue, sources told ESPN.

“Given the exposure risks from our game against the Nets on March 10th, we are following the next steps of our COVID-19 procedures and protocol that are established in consultation with various health officials, the NBA and our UCLA Health doctors,” the Lakers said. “The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans, and society in general, is of paramount importance to us, and will continue to be our focus.“china nike nfl jerseys cheap

On Tuesday, the Nets announced that four players had tested positive for the virus, and Kevin Durant told the Athletic that he was one of the players. The Nets said they had reached out to anyone known to have had contact with the players.

Two NBA players in addition to Gobert are known to have tested positive for the virus: Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and the Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood.

Jazz’s Rudy Gobert donates $500K to part-time worker fund, virus relief

The Utah Jazz announced Saturday afternoon that All-Star center Rudy Gobert is donating $500,000 to support both the employee relief fund at Vivint Smart Home Arena and coronavirus-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the health care system in his native France.

Gobert, 27, became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus shortly before tipoff of Wednesday’s game in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. A short time later, the game was postponed, and within hours the NBA had suspended its season for a minimum of 30 days.nike nfl cheap jerseys

“I know there are countless ways that people have been impacted. These donations are a small token that reflect my appreciation and support for all those impacted and are the first of many steps I will take to try and make a positive difference, while continuing to learn more about COVID-19 and educate others.”

Gobert and teammate Donovan Mitchell were the first two players who were publicly known to have tested positive for the virus; Christian Wood, whose Detroit Pistons team hosted Utah on March 7, has since also tested positive, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.8

Teams that played the Jazz recently — also including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics — were expected to self-isolate through at least this weekend, while the Toronto Raptors — the last team to play Utah Monday in Salt Lake City — had their entire travel party tested Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning, with all of the tests coming back negative.

Gobert’s donation will be split in the following ways: $200,000 going to part-time employees at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah’s home arena; $100,000 each to families in Utah and Oklahoma City affected by the coronavirus; and €100,000 to the health care system in France.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Mitchell, 23, spoke out publicly from self-isolation for the first time earlier Saturday, and said he continues to feel all right.

“What’s up everybody? Donovan Mitchell here. Just wanted to say thank you to everybody for your continued support, man. It means a lot to me,” Mitchell said in a video released on the NBA’s Twitter account.

“I feel fine. Things are going well. I’m just taking the proper precautions, as told to me by the health authorities. I have to stay in isolation. So I’m solo in here, playing video games all day. I can’t wait to get back out on the floor in front of the best fans in the world. I really miss playing in front of you guys, and I’ll see you guys soon.”

Rudy Gobert urges people to ‘stay safe’ in video

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player who tested positive for COVID-19, recorded a video released by the NBA urging people to take the appropriate precautions to limit the coronavirus from spreading during the pandemic.

“It’s all about protecting yourself and the people around you,” Gobert said in the video, which the NBA released on social media Sunday afternoon. “I wish I would have took this thing more seriously, and I hope everyone else is gonna do so, because we can do it together.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Gobert was the first of three NBA players to test positive for coronavirus, prompting the suspension of the league’s season. The others were Jazz co-star Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons center Christian Wood, who matched up against Gobert in Utah’s March 7 road win.7

Gobert issued an apology Friday on Instagram for his “careless” actions that endangered people before he was aware that he was infected with the virus. He jokingly mocked the NBA’s temporary media restrictions, which kept reporters at least six to eight feet away from coaches and players, by intentionally touching all the microphones and recording devices in front of him after his post-shootaround availability Monday. He had a similar cavalier attitude about coronavirus precautions in the locker room, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.nike nfl cheap jerseys

On Sunday, in a selfie video recorded while in isolation, Gobert said he has “been feeling a little bit better every day” before reiterating some basic actions to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

“I just want to make sure to remind you guys to keep washing your hands frequently with soap and water,” Gobert said. “Try to avoid touching your face, your nose, your eyes. And of course, try to avoid making unnecessary contact with people.”