The Philadelphia 76ers have released a statement to confirm that three individuals in the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Sixers noted the following in their statement:
“The Philadelphia 76ers, in consultation with medical experts and the NBA, received the recommendation that certain individuals from the organization, including players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff, be tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately.
“Three individuals have received positive test results for COVID-19. All other tests results are currently negative. We have reported this information to state and local health authorities as required.
“Pursuant to CDC guidelines, the individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.”
Before the NBA shut down, the Sixers played their last game against the Detroit Pistons on March 11. On Saturday, March 7, the Pistons played the Utah Jazz, who have now seen both Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert test positive. Earlier this week, Piston Christian Wood also tested positive.
While the Sixers’ recent schedule bringing them into close contact with others who have tested positive is a concern, it’s also important to remember how easily this virus spreads and that players, coaches and team staff members will have interacted with many people around the country, in or out of the league. We will likely hear of more positive test results from teams in the coming days.
Word of when the NBA may return is still extremely uncertain, and that will surely remain the case for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, one good update is that the league is offering NBA League Pass for free until April 22. If you need to get a basketball fix while staying at home, you’re in luck.