NBA-Celtics' Smart, other players test positive for COVID-19

Celtics guard says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Celtics said in a statement Thursday night that they received word of a positive COVID-19 test by a player who had been exposed to a known positive case. They didn’t identify him, but Smart confirmed it was him in a video posted on Twitter.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, three members of the Philadelphia 76ers organization and two Los Angeles Lakers players have tested positive for COVID-19, Smart and the teams announced on Thursday.

The NBA suspended its season last week after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first player to receive a positive test and several others have come forward since to say they too had the virus, including two-time champion Kevin Durant.

In all, more than a dozen people playing with or working for NBA teams have tested positive so far.

"I'm okay, I feel fine. I don't feel any of the symptoms," Smart said in a video he posted online.

"I can't stress enough practicing social distancing and keeping yourself away from a large group of people. Wash your hands. Help protect yourself. Protect others by protecting yourself."

The NBA has been criticized this week for being entitled to celebrity privilege with players and officials able to get tested while others in the United States, including health care professionals, have been unable due to test shortages.

However, several teams made a point in their press releases to say they procured their tests privately and did not drain public resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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