Kings suspend operations at facility until further notice
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Kings have suspended all basketball operations activities at their practice facility. They have also instructed players, coaches and staff to stay at home, following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, the Kings revealed that none of their players have experienced symptoms of COVID-19. It should be noted, however, that COVID-19 is asymptomatic in nature. It means that a person infected with the virus will not necessarily experience symptoms but could pass it on to others.
Kings have suspended all basketball operations activities at the team practice facility until further notice pic.twitter.com/ajrfu0TgqH
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) March 18, 2020
To recall, Rudy Gobert was feeling healthy and ready to go for their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder despite testing positive for COVID-19. Three out of the four Nets players who tested positive, meanwhile, are not experiencing any symptoms.
As of this writing, a total of seven players are infected with COVID-19. These are Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons, and four Nets players including Kevin Durant.
There have been calls of massive testing for COVID-19. NBA players themselves are considered not just the healthiest group of people in the world, but they also have easy access to top-notch medical experts.
For former NBA player-turned-analyst Kendrick Perkins, this fact should not put athletes above everyone else. Speaking with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Perkins believes others should receive testing as well.
“I actually agree with the mayor. Just because we’re athletes – that shouldn’t put us above everyday, hard-working people,” Perkins said.
Several NBA teams have vowed to continue paying stadium personnel despite the suspension of the 2019-20 season. Other players have also donated to hospitals to help combat the virus’ spread.