Wednesday Bolts: 03.18.20
Cray Allred (Daily Thunder) with player grades for you to vote on here. “With the season in jeopardy of being over for good, we thought we’d take a breath and gather your votes on how the Thunder players had performed up until that fateful Game 65. Cast your votes and state your case in the comments.”
ESPN story on Kevin Durant testing positive for coronavirus along with three other Brooklyn Nets teammates.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told The Athletic, adding that he is feeling fine and not showing any symptoms. “We’re going to get through this.” The Nets did not identify any players and said Tuesday that of the four players, only one is exhibiting symptoms. All four are isolated and undergoing medical care from team physicians, the Nets said in a statement.
Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the player who has symptoms experienced aches when he woke up Tuesday. Sources told Wojnarowski that the Nets had players tested by a private company, and the team paid out of pocket after they returned from San Francisco last week. The test results came back Tuesday.
NBA players, via Chris Haynes (Yahoo Sports) won’t be subject to drug testing during coronavirus hiatus. “The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have reached an agreement to not subject players to drug testing during the hiatus caused by the coronavirus, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Players typically undergo “six random, unannounced urine drug tests during each season and off-season,” as stated in Article XXXIII of the collective bargaining agreement. This rare agreement is only temporary, sources said.
Jeff Zillgitt (USA Today) on the potential return of the NBA and the scheduling obstacles to overcome. “The NBA office is working overtime to put together scheduling models that account for playing some remaining regular-season games or no regular-season games and starting the playoffs when it is deemed safe to resume games. The league wants to salvage the season, and it is going to operate under that idea until it plays games again this season or is forced to cancel the season. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, and yet in unprecedented times, health and safety will guide decisions.”
The Lost Ogle with 7 things OKC residents can do to kill time at home.