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Pistons scout battling coronavirus


Maury Hanks, a scout for the Detroit Pistons, has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

East Tennessee State University coach Steve Forbes shared the heartbreaking news and called for support. Prior to the Pistons, Hanks also worked for the Nets and the Toronto Raptors. He also spent many years as a coach in college.

To recall, Pistons big man Christian Wood tested positive for COVID-19 earlier. The 25-year-old has since fully recovered. However, Wood still has to pass some medical tests before being fully cleared.

Reports reveal that once Wood tested positive, Pistons players, coaches and staff were told so self-isolate. Their self-quarantine ended on Wednesday, 5 p.m. All 17 members of the traveling party, as well as five players, were tested. Fortunately, it didn’t yield any positive results for COVID-19. It is unclear where Hanks contracted the virus. But in Michigan, there have been more than 2,200 cases of coronavirus reported and 43 deaths.

The Pistons center was the third NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus. The first two were Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Gobert’s diagnosis triggered NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to postpone the 2019-20 season indefinitely. In the two weeks since the postponement, several other players and members of NBA organizations have tested positive including Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant.

With coronavirus cases still rising all over the globe, the NBA 2019-20 season still hangs in the balance. There have been talks of the season’s possible resumption lasting well into the summer. But as of now, the main priority of the league is the health and well-being not just of its players, but of the general public.