The New Orleans Pelicans players will not be having the coronavirus tests, as per Andrew Lopez of the ESPN. This news comes after the New Orleans Players committed that they wouldn’t get their testing as none of them had symptoms of the virus. This would allow those people to get tested who really needs the testing first.
The Pelicans were set to play the Sacramento Kings the same night when the Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was tested positive of the Coronavirus and the league officials immediately suspended the whole season with no further notice of the season to restart.
The New Orleans Pelicans have yet to administer any COVID-19 testing, according to a source.
Team’s full traveling party has not shown symptoms and team is committed to not having anyone tested in order to allow those who truly need tests to get them first.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) March 20, 2020
The Pelicans last played against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 8 but lost the match by 139-134 on the road. But as per Lopez, the team showed no symptoms despite traveling. The COVID-19 tests aren’t easy to get as the NBA teams and have paid a big amount to get themselves tested.
New Orleans Pelicans ranked 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 28-36 in the league before the season was suspended by the NBA. The NBA owners wouldn’t want the season to be called off, as the officials are looking for the alternatives to conduct the season at the earliest. Owing to the fact that the league makes a lot of revenue in the postseason. The last thing NBA will have to do is cancel the playoffs too.
Pelicans player Zion Williamson has also pledged of covering the expenses of the arena workers. He has been leading the Pelicans this year, averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes while shooting 58.9 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line.