The Sacramento Kings have shut down their practice facility after a member of their travelling party tested positive for COVID-19, team officials confirmed this news on Sunday.
The Kings are seventh NBA franchises to shut down their facility due to COVID-19. Three players, Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker, and Alex Len have previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Parker was tested positive in June 2020 and he isolated himself in Chicago. Len posted on Instagram that he has been tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated himself.
In early June, the NBA Board of governor’s team approved a 22 team format for restarting the global league in late July at Disney Campus near Orlando, Florida. Sacramento Kings will play their first game on July 31st.
The Kings players will miss few workout days and the moment they land in Orlando they will be quarantined for 24 hours in hotel rooms until they test negative for two coronavirus tests that will be conducted 24 hours apart.
“Source tells @TheAthletic the Kings have shut down their practice facility after receiving a positive coronavirus test within the team’s travelling party on Sunday. The facility is not expected to reopen before the team departs for Orlando on Wednesday” Sam Amick, senior NBA Writer wrote on his official Twitter Handle.
Source tells @TheAthletic the Kings have shut down their practice facility after receiving a positive coronavirus test within the team’s traveling party on Sunday. The facility is not expected to reopen before the team departs for Orlando on Wednesday.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 6, 2020
It will not be easy for NBA officials to conduct this high profile league as the safety and security of players will be the most important thing that NBA officials have to keep in mind.