NBA COVID-19 Tracker: Five Lakers, Four Knicks in Protocols; Kings fear outbreak, delay, according to reports

Rise in COVID-19 cases around NBA with leagues Reportedly discussed revised its health and safety protocols with the National Basketball Players Association. The Omicron variant is here and this week has seen the first confirmed case of it in NBAplayer group, per Shams Charania by The Athletic.

With coach Alvin Gentry and many players in the protocol, Sacramento Kings canceled the practice session they had scheduled for Thursday and temporarily closed their practice facility, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Kings – who saw bodyguard De’Aaron Fox join the protocols on Thursday – reported fear that many players will test positive and that Friday’s match against the Memphis Grizzlies could be in jeopardy.

If there is an outbreak, Sacramento could find itself in the same position that Chicago Bulls joined. NBA postpone Chicago games against Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors (originally scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday), and as of December 1, 10 of their players have joined health and safety protocols, as have broadcasters Stacey King and Bill Wennington. King tweeted on Wednesday that he tested negative on Tuesday night, but still has a high temperature and feels weak.

Some Bulls may be eligible to return on Sunday when they host Los Angeles Lakers, who will have a temporary list. Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley joined three teammates in health and safety protocols on Thursday, and the Lakers signed Isaiah Thomas use a difficulty exception.

Aside from the two games in Chicago, there have been no other postponements. The brooklyn networkhowever, only eight players were active – the league minimum required for a game to be played – when they hosted the Raptors on Tuesday. Seven Nets players are joining the protocols, and Brooklyn announced Thursday that they have signed Langston Galloway to a 10-day contract, using the difficulty exception. (The short bulls used tough exceptions to sign Alfonzo McKinnie and Stanley Johnson, who then joined health and safety protocols before his first game.)

No. 5 Charlotte Hornets players recently joined health and safety protocols, but all have since been removed.

Unvaccinated players must undergo health and safety procedures if they are found to be close contacts of someone who has tested positive. As of Friday, players who haven’t received a booster shot will be subject to tighter restrictions, including a game-day test.

If any player tests positive for COVID-19, he must be quarantined immediately until 10 days have passed from the date of that test or when symptoms begin to appear, or for until testing negative on two PCR tests 24 hours apart.

Also in health and safety protocols: Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle and Toronto president Masai Ujiri. Steve Nash said Tuesday that the Nets have coaches and office members in the protocols, and the Lakers also have staff in the protocols.

The Raptors announced on Wednesday that they will play home games at 50 percent capacity, starting Saturday with Golden Empire Warriors. On Thursday, their G League team, the Raptors 905, follow.

Players who have recently cleared health and safety protocols include LaMelo Ball by Hornet, Dillon Brooks afterward Memphis Grizzlies, Kyle Kuzma afterward Washington Wizards, Josh Richardson afterward Boston Celtics, Justin Holiday by the Indiana Pacers and Austin Rivers afterward Denver Nuggets.

Here is a team-by-team list of players within health and safety protocols, along with the dates they joined:

Boston Celtics

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Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Ja Morant (December 8; sprained knee indefinitely)

Miami Heat

Milwaukee Bucks

New York Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers

Sacramento Kings

Toronto Raptors

  • Precious Achiuwa (released as of December 12, not because of NBA health and safety protocols but because, per Toronto Department of Public Health guidance, he must be isolated from close contact with someone who has positive test result; may return Saturday meet Warriors) NBA COVID-19 Tracker: Five Lakers, Four Knicks in Protocols; Kings fear outbreak, delay, according to reports

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