The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the NBA increased to 7 after Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant and three other players tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA was indefinitely suspended after Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert tested positive. A day later, Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons' Christian Woods tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
Warriors players/coaches still haven't been tested for COVID-19. Bob Myers: "I've been told by our doctors that we shouldn't be testing our asymptomatic people in California...We've been told there's not enough tests to do that."— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 17, 2020
As there is a large number of sick people, the Warriors shut down, unable to test even if they might be showing symptoms for the virus. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the issue, where he spoke about NBA players having the power to test while sick people are unable to access them. According to other reports, teams like the Thunder got tested from alternative sources in order to avoid using kits issued by the state. The Nets too used their own money to get tested for the virus via a private company.
Steph Curry has missed the Warriors vs 76ers game before the NBA season was suspended. With illness listed as the reason, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed he was scared that Curry had contracted the virus. However, Curry was only diagnosed with seasonal flu. While the Warriors can opt for a second option like the Nets or Thunder, the team along with Steve Kerr are yet to get tested.
Steve Kerr on the Warriors not testing asymptomatic players for the coronavirus: "It is frustrating, but it's just the reality. We're in the same boat as everybody. It's very difficult to find a test in California and many places."— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 17, 2020
Kerr says he's filling up some of his time now watching draft prospects that the Warriors will focus on whenever the draft actually happens in the future. "It's hard, honestly, just not turning a game on."— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 17, 2020