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Jabari Parker has tested positive for COVID-19

Parker released a statement confirming his test and that he is currently quarantined.

A Sacramento Kings player has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from ABC10's Sean Cunningham. Cunningham confirmed with multiple sources before reporting, but the identity of the player is not yet known.

 

This news was likely inevitable, but it doesn't make it any less serious.

Please note that it would be irresponsible to guess which player it may be. Some players have traveled, some players haven't, but there are any number of ways a player could have been exposed. Multiple other NBA players have already tested positive as the NBA began testing.

Players who test positive will quarantine and be re-tested before being able to join the team in Orlando.

As the league continues to prepare to finish the season, more positive tests will come out. More positive tests will likely come out once games resume. The whole ordeal seems like an unnecessary risk for the players and staff.

We will update this story if more information becomes available.

 

Update: Jabari Parker has released a statement via the Kings confirming he is the player who testing positive.

“Several days ago I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain. I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”

Update 2: Sam Amick reports that the Kings signed Corey Brewer in response to Parker’s test.

The signing of Brewer made sense even before this news, but certainly makes sense if the Kings were worried about losing wing depth.

 

Update 3: According to Sara Hodges of KOVR, there may be additional players who have tested positive. This contradicts Sean Cunningham’s earlier report that only one player had tested positive.

Update 4: Sean Cunningham is refuting reports that more players have tested positive.

Personally, I trust Sean on this. He’s as reliable as they come.

 

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T D
4 months ago

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Migz J
4 months ago

Either Bogi or Bjelica must have been at Djoker’s tennis tourney. My guess is one of them.

Rory Cornell
4 months ago
Reply to  Migz

obviously speculation is essentially pointless, and a more than a bit macabre, but my money is on Bagley. Essentially, whatever can go wrong will go wrong with him. Doesn’t “much maligned former high draft pick, finally ready to return from injury to help propel his team to the playoffs, only to be sidelined by Covid” seem like the most obvious plot twist?

Rory Cornell
4 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

nevermind

Rob Hessing
4 months ago

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Kevin Lam
4 months ago

It’s Parker:
 
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Kings forward Jabari Parker says he has tested positive for coronavirus and will join the team in Orlando restart.</p>&mdash; Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1275935116221648902?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Kevin Lam
4 months ago
Reply to  Klam

Statement from Jabari, apparently he’s been in Chicago.
 

Greg Lederman
4 months ago
Reply to  Klam

He would have been fine if he just stayed in Sacramento like a good King should…

Adam Dieter
4 months ago

Haven’t some of the Kings players already started practicing together in Sac? I wonder if the infected Kings player has come into contact with others.

Rob Hessing
4 months ago

Best wishes to Jabari on a speedy and full recovery.

Ican Hascheezburger
4 months ago

Hoping the player and his family will be alright.
 
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Adam Dieter
4 months ago

From Parker’s statement it doesn’t sound like he is asymptomatic. Hope he fully recovers.

Rory Cornell
4 months ago

I wonder how this looks from the league’s perspective. My gut says that it lends credence to the idea that players are safer, all things considered, inside the bubble. If all these players are contracting the virus outside of the bubble, then one could make a compelling argument that the players are safer inside the bubble due to the extraordinary precaution taken.
 
To be clear, I’m not really looking at this from a community spread perspective for the entire Orlando community. I just think there’s a legitimate argument to be considered that players are safer under controlled conditions inside the bubble versus leaving them to their own devices outside the bubble.
 
On the flipside, the bubble does bare a lot of similarities to people trapped on a cruise ship. Regardless of the precautions, if you put that many people in close proximity, then the virus will spread regardless of how many times you sanitize the hand rails.

Ican Hascheezburger
4 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

The cruise ship analogy seems like a good fit
 
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Rory Cornell
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

this whole thing feels like a slow moving ship that just slams into multiple icebergs. California is by no means perfect, but we at least seem to be as proactive as any state, and yet the numbers are spiking at an alarming level. It’s scary that the percent positives have been creeping up even after the state implemented the mask order. You look at SoCal, and it’s like “Holy Shit”.
 
Also, at this point, one has to wonder if the recent surge is at least partially caused by the protests. You look at the recent spikes, and it doesn’t feel like they can totally be attributed to increased testing. Especially when you see that hospitalizations are now at a record highs statewide. The protests obviously coincided with business re-openings, so it’s probably impossible to ascertain. My gut just says thousands of people chanting in close proximity is more likely to spread the virus than people eating on the patio at a restaurant. Obviously, the social impact of peacefully protesting injustice is greater than having brunch. I think we do have to at least consider the possibility that the protests have contributed to the recent upswing though.

Adam Dieter
4 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

It’s everything. Protests, political rallies, open gyms, open casinos, open churches, weddings, birthday parties, etc. Just wait until the schools reopen in August. It’s a perfect shit storm we’ve created.

Ican Hascheezburger
4 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

My coworker had to go into the DMV this morning for a renewal.
 
For my passport renewal it says you can only do it by mail, so I’m not sure why the DMV doesn’t follow suit.
 
Casinos just seems like the craziest thing I can think of right now: Crowds of people with lots of cigarette smoke lingering in the air, people pulling on slot machines and trading chips and cards…
 
The school reopening definitely scares me.
 
There was a case of an outbreak due to a birthday party in my neighborhood.

Tom Cutter
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

I renewed DMV via forms on DMV locally without an appointment. You would have to go in if you tried RealID version though. Also, try and get a DMV appointment .. not happening. Phones ring off the hook waiting queue and the online form is disabled to make appointments.

Ican Hascheezburger
4 months ago
Reply to  ZillersCat

Thanks for the info, cat friend!
 
Well, that sounds like the DMV. 🙂
 
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Kevin Lam
4 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

My gym reopened Monday. I was all like:
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Richie J
4 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

I doubt that kids will return to the classroom until there’s a vaccine. They’ll probably have school via the Internet.

T I
4 months ago
Reply to  richie88

I think it depends on what state you’re in, and in California – maybe what county.

Ican Hascheezburger
4 months ago
Reply to  richie88

I would homeschool my kids if I had some.

Ican Hascheezburger
4 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

I can tell you for certain that there were many people not wearing masks during a recent protest in Hollywood.
 
🙁

T I
4 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

As to protests, it doesn’t appear to this point that the science shows it’s responsible for the current spikes we’re seeing:
 
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-evaluate-coronavirus-risks-from-black-lives-matter-protests/
 
It’s tough to parcel out the positive tests from the protests from the general reopenings, but the fact that they are outdoors, there are a significant portion of protesters wearing face coverings, and that they are mostly young (and therefore, more likely to be asymptomatic and less likely to get tested/hospitalized as a result).

T I
4 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

I’m interested to know if Silver is ignoring his own requirements from April that the data in Florida (infection rates lowering/available testing/vaccine and therapy advancements) be amenable to a restart.

Jared Rich
4 months ago

Rough situation for Jabari. Hopefully things are under control for him.

Adam Dieter
4 months ago

So from my understanding, and correct me if I’m wrong, the normal recovery time to be “Covid Free” can be anywhere from 2-6 weeks long on most cases. This would place Parker, and any other current positive player, outside the window of joining their team to travel to Orlando on July 7th. With team training camp to begin on July 9th, would he or others even be allowed to be with the team?

Adam Dieter
4 months ago

Malcolm Brogdon on the Pacers tests positive as well. It looks like all l of those NBA tests prior to seeing who can go to Orlando and now coming in.
 

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Kevin Lam
4 months ago

Edit: Not accurate tweet
 

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T D
4 months ago

I guess players don’t get paid to play defense against viruses either!
 
(Don’t “too soon” me! Don’t do it! /wink face)

Kings Guru21
4 months ago
Reply to  1951

Finally you say something funny.

T D
4 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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Kings Guru21
4 months ago
Reply to  1951

Never seen Good Morning Vietnam. Probably pretty good though since it was an 80’s military movie which had plenty of good one’s in that time frame (it wasn’t all propaganda mainly).

Kings Guru21
4 months ago

Great. Now Buddy Hield supposedly has contracted the COVID-19, too. Just fucking dandy. Jabari Parker is bad enough, and hell was he realistically expected to be a part of the rotation? But Buddy’s another ball of wax.
 
Sigh. It’s a good thing I have projects to complete.

Alex Vigil
4 months ago

Sure looks like Sean’s tweet is the thing that’s not true.

Jake Whitaker
4 months ago

Literally all of the tweets about Jabari Parker are: “wait, he plays for the Kings now???”
 
Get well soon, young King!

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