Last Tuesday, March 10, the Brooklyn Nets visited the Los Angeles Lakers in what would prove to be the final game for the teams before the league shut down due to the coronavirus. Kevin Durant sat on the bench in street clothes with his Nets teammates for that game.
Today, March 17, it was announced that four Nets, including Durant, tested positive for the coronavirus. One of the players has shown COVID-19 symptoms.
On Wednesday, the Lakers will get tested for the disease, reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
There is a limited supply of tests in the United States right now, the lack of testing and tracking of the disease is one of the things that has led to its spread. Brooklyn paid for its testing through a private firm, it is likely that the Lakers will do the same. Still, there is a debate about whether asymptomatic people should be tested, soaking up some of that testing capacity. Warriors GM Bob Myers said that’s why the Warriors have yet to be tested.
A number of the Lakers’ players were already self-isolating.
The NBA remains on lockdown without games and will stay that way likely until late May or June, at the earliest. At that point, nobody knows if the NBA will return for this season and what form the rest of the regular season and playoffs would take if they do. For the Lakers and their fans it would be a major disappointment as they are the top seed in the Western Conference and one of the real contenders to win a title.