The Washington Wizards have players who have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is not known which players have tested positive.
Tracing contact with Phoenix players is a factor because Suns played for the Wizards on Monday, the sources said. Wizards have positive tests on the list. https://t.co/C8DUWVOQxs
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2021
The Wizards have played multiple teams in recent days where the opposing team’s player (s) have or have tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after. So let’s take a look at last week and what has happened since then, mainly from a coronavirus perspective.
On a day that would live in infamy due to an attempted coup and terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Wizards played on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers in a 141-136 loss.
A day later, the 76ers played the Brooklyn Nets where Philadelphia goalie Seth Curry tested positive and learned his test positive while on the bench in the Brooklyn game. The 76ers had to quarantine several players, including Joel Embiid, but they were still able to continue playing games without interruption. Ditto for the Nets.
The Wizards played in Boston last Friday in a 116-107 loss. After the game, Beal chatted with Boston Celtics guard Jayson Tatum, neither of whom wore face masks or social distancing because both were playing the game where masks are not needed.
The next day Tatum tested positive for COVID-19, two days after Robert Williams tested positive. Williams missed the Wizards game. The Celtics haven’t played a game since, but that’s not because of new positive coronavirus cases on their roster. Their January 10 game against the Heat has been postponed because Miami couldn’t field eight players (more on that later).
In the end, Williams and Tatum’s contact tracing and close testing contacts forced them to postpone their Jan. 12 game against the Chicago Bulls. And today’s Celtics game against the Orlando Magic is also postponed, probably for the same reason.
The Wizards played the Heat the next day in a 128-124 loss. They played without Bradley Beal, who was listed as close contact with Tatum from the match before, so he was placed under coronavirus protocols.
Since then, the aforementioned Heat vs Celtics game on January 10 has been postponed due to an inconclusive test on their roster and contact tracing.
Many players, including Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Avery Bradley and Goran Dragic were on coronavirus protocols ahead of their January 12 game against the 76ers, the team the Wizards faced last Wednesday. Miami was able to play this game, even though it lost in overtime, 137-134.
The Wizards won 128-107 in their game against the Suns last Monday, in part because Beal was cleared to return, even though he was directly exposed to the coronavirus last Friday at Tatum. Since then, things have exploded on the coronavirus side for Washington.
Training was canceled on Tuesday because two Wizards players had to go into coronavirus protocols. They were then determined to be Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner in the afternoon. In the evening, the Wizards announced that their game tonight against the Utah Jazz will be postponed because they do not have eight players available.
And now we know some Wizards players have the virus.
As for the Suns, as mentioned earlier, they can’t field eight players for their game tonight.
Wizards are they at the origin of these epidemics?
For the record, it appears to be what Bright Side of the Sun’s Zona Sports wrote yesterday.
Assuming contact tracers and epidemiologists determine that the Wizards are the source of some of these recent cases and forced quarantines, one of the reasons the Wizards could be a source is that their players or members of the staff may have been asymptomatic but contagious over the past week.
But before people around the NBA start pointing fingers at the Wizards, the reality is we really don’t know how rampant COVID-19 is. I’ll let contact tracers figure this out.
Yet, if wizards are the source, let’s not blame the players or the coaches. It’s not like the Wizards go to no-mask games, hang out at nightclubs (which are closed throughout the DMV), or have a guys night out at the MGM National Harbor Casino after games.
Currently, around 250,000 Americans contract the coronavirus daily. When NBA teams play in an open environment unlike last summer’s bubble, it was inevitable in my opinion. It doesn’t matter whether there are fans in the stands or not. It’s just spreading.
First of all, I hope the affected Wizards players recover soon.
Of course, players are at low risk of serious complications. But they could pass the virus on to others at higher risk, some of whom may be among the most 4,000 people who die from COVID-19 every day in America.
In February, we’re looking at probably 5,000 deaths. Or 6000 dead. The counts will continue to rise from the Christmas pushes until there is a lockdown. Just say.
Given the severity of the pandemic in the United States, I think the NBA needs to suspend the season. To be quite frank, the NBA is not expected to play at all this winter until there is a bubble environment like what we saw last summer. There are obviously downsides. But at this point, we see that the disadvantages of playing in an open environment and in home markets outweigh the advantages.
At the same time, I don’t have any hope.