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Kings exploring breathalyzer concept to detect COVID-19

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Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive revealed that the franchise is currently exploring a breathalyzer concept that could detect COVID-19 in seconds.

The Kings will be among the 22 teams partaking in the “bubble” games at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Ranadive said the Sacramento organization is exploring numerous “elimination of friction efforts” to avoid spreading the virus. He is also “very confident” NBA games will restart in July as scheduled.

“You’ll be able to blow into a tube and test whether somebody has the virus by looking through a spectroscope,” the Kings owner told Jabari Young of CNBC on Monday.

“Nothing is going to be ever a 100% foolproof. When you walk into a grocery store, you’re taking chances. We have a close relationship with Disney. [Disney Executive Chairman] Bob Iger and I have a high level of confidence that we’re going to be safer in Orlando than most people would be at home.”

Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving helped organize a call with other NBA players last Friday to discuss questions surrounding the NBA’s reopening proposal. Players discussed if resuming games during the current social climate would be beneficial.

Irving and Dwight Howard are among the All-Stars who are not comfortable playing again.

If an NBA player leaves the Walt Disney World bubble, he will have to be quarantined for no less than 10 days and must have two negative coronavirus tests. There will be a similar protocol if a player tests positive for COVID-19.

In the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Kings will fight for the last playoff spot.

For what it’s worth, the Kings have the longest playoff drought in the NBA today. The franchise has not been to the postseason since the 2005-06 campaign.