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Jabari Parker speaks out on playing tennis without mask after positive COVID-19 test

Sacramento Kings small forward Jabari Parker caught some backlash on Twitter for playing tennis without a mask after testing positive for COVID-19.

However, it turns out the Kings swingman has already completed his in-house quarantine and wasn’t close to anyone while he was playing tennis in his hometown of Chicago, per Ben Stinar of the Big Lead.

The NBA registered 16 positive COVID-19 tests out of 302 players. Tests were administered earlier this week after teams returned to their respective markets to prepare for the “bubble” games, which are set to start on July 30 at Walt Disney World.

Nikola Jokic, Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker, Alex Len and Buddy Hield were among the players to test positive.

Once the “bubble” games begin, the Kings will take on the San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers for their eight seeding games, with the Pelicans appearing on the schedule twice.

Sacramento has the longest playoff drought in the NBA, so it will be fascinating to see if the franchise can make the 2020 postseason by playing well in the seeding games.

The Kings acquired Parker from the Atlanta Hawks on February 6, 2020. The former No. 2 overall pick was only able to appear in one game with the team due to a shoulder injury that required a non-surgical procedure.

Parker has career NBA averages of 15.0 points, 5.8 boards and 2.1 assists in 280 games with the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Hawks and Kings. He will be in Orlando, Florida with his teammates despite his positive COVID-19 test.