Impact Of Covid-19 Surges On Orlando Bubble
The 2019-20 NBA season came to a halt over three months ago when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. In the time since, the league has formulated a plan to return to play at Disney World in Orlando. Twenty-two teams will travel there, play eight “seeding games” starting on July 30, then begin a typical playoff format which will culminate in October.
That’s the plan anyway. The virus has shown no signs of slowing down, and, in fact, cases are actually surging in Florida. Health and safety concerns regarding the pandemic, combined with a growing social justice movement and questions about the quarantine situation have raised plenty of questions about whether the NBA will be able to pull this off, and, beyond that, whether it’s even ethical for them to try.
For now, at least, the answer seems to be that they’re forging ahead. Starting this week, as players return to team facilities, teams have begun testing for COVID-19. That process has already turned up multiple positive tests, including Nikola Jokic, Malcolm Brogdon and two unnamed members of the Phoenix Suns.
As this process continues to unfold, there will likely be even more NBA players and team members who test positive for the coronavirus, as it is unfortunately extremely contagious. Below is a list of players and figures from around the league who have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 to this point:
Members of NBA who tested positive for coronavirusMalcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers — Diagnosis announced on June 24Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets — Diagnosis reported on June 23Two unnamed players, Phoenix Suns — Diagnosis reported on June 23Four unnamed players, unnamed Western Conference team — Diagnosis reported on June 23Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets coach — Diagnosis and recovery announced on June 15James Dolan, New York Knicks owner — Diagnosis announced March 28 (Update: cleared on April 22)Two unnamed players, Los Angeles Lakers — Diagnosis reported on March 19 (Update: Players symptom-free on March 31)Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics — Diagnosis announced on March 19 (Update: cleared on March 30) Three unnamed members of organization, Philadelphia 76ers — Diagnosis announced on March 19Kevin Durant, three unnamed teammates, Brooklyn Nets — Diagnosis announced on March 17 (Update: All four symptom-free on April 1) Christian Wood, Detroit Pistons — Diagnosis announced on March 14 (Update: “Fully recovered,” per agent on March 26)Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz — Diagnosis announced on March 12 (Update: cleared on March 27)Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz — Diagnosis announced on March 11 (Update: cleared on March 27)