The Covid-19 outbreak has taken the world by storm. There's absolutely no aspect of the world that hasn't been affected by the coronavirus and obviously, the NBA isn't the exception to that rule.
As a matter of fact, the NBA was the first major league in U.S sports to suspend its activities after Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the virus three months ago, and they've been putting a lot of work to resume the season in a safe and sound matter.
There's been a lot of back-and-forth regarding this subject. Some players claim it's still not safe to play, while others just want to have the chance to win an NBA Championship, even though plenty of their colleagues and people related to the NBA has tested positive since the outbreak.
Thus far, at least 28 people from the NBA community have tested positive for Covid-19, and not even the league-mandated ring will prevent the virus from spreading among the players attending the bubble, apparently. To put those numbers in context, we've put together a list of the known cases since Rudy Gobert tested positive:
- Rudy Gobert
- Donovan Mitchell
- Christian Wood
- Kevin Durant
- 3 Unknown players from the Brooklyn Nets
- Unknown member of the Denver Nuggets organization
- 3 unknown member of the Philadelphia 76ers organization
- Marcus Smart
- Detroit Pistons scout Maury Hanks
- Unknown NBA cameraman
- Doris Burke
- James Dolan
- 4 Unknown players from a Western Conference playoff team
- 2 Unknown players from the Phoenix Suns
- Nikola Jokic
- Malcolm Brogdon
- Jabari Parker
- Buddy Hield
- Alex Len
- Derrick Jones Jr
What's worrisome is the fact that all of these players will reportedly be attending the Orlando bubble. Obviously, there's plenty of time for them to fully recover and they must test negative before suiting up but this is a prime example as of why some players were scared and concerned about going back to the hardwood.