Amid conflicting reports as to how many Kings players tested positive for COVID-19, it has now been confirmed by multiple reports that Buddy Hield has tested positive.
Kings guard Buddy Hield has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell me and @sam_amick.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2020
NBA sources confirm Buddy Hield testing positive for COVID-19. Buddy had been back in the Dallas area, then played in the Skinz League Game two weeks ago in Oklahoma where he scored 45 points.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) June 25, 2020
This raises the question, who else may have tested positive? Sources close to the Kings said only Jabari Parker had tested positive, but that's already been proven inaccurate. This suggest that reports that four Kings players have tested positive may end up being accurate after all.
This is obviously a developing story and we will continue to provide updates.
Just cancel the season already. Please.
Absolutely. This is completely unnecessary.
Sadly, billions of dollars in income will always take precedence over worker health.
Who needs good health when you can buy good medical service?
Thankfully the state of California seems to be pushing back ever so slightly. At the very least, they are delaying things a bit on large gatherings.
No bueno. Best wishes to Buddy, Jabari and anyone who’s fighting this thing.
Get well soon, Buddy.
Continuing this season just gets dumber and dumber.
What do you call it when a (majority) white-owned organization is so worried about losing money that they’ll threaten the minority workforce (75%, currently) into not being paid if they don’t show up for work during a worldwide pandemic? Any of you out there arguing that systematic, institutional racism doesn’t exist can fuck right off into oblivion, and anyone needing to be entertained so much that they’ll vote for the NBA to prematurely return can fuck right off with them.
Get well, Buddy and Jabari (and the others that will inevitably get positive results in the near-future).
My guess is that the 30 owners would fuck over Mikan & Bird as quickly as they would LeBron & Giannis.
Systemic racism exists, and it likely exists in the NBA. But this is simple greed at play here.
Weren’t Lebron and other stars a driving force for finishing the season?
LBJ & many other stars want to play, but Kyrie was leading the charge to not play.
Kyrie doesn’t want to play because he thinks it may distract from the BLM movement.
Bob Costas was interviewed on CNN and he argued that the players would have a more visible platform if they do play. He probably has a point there. If they play they’ll be on national TV with a large audience where they can make their case. If they don’t play they’ll be lucky to get on TV and if they do it’ll be on some news channel or program that doesn’t give them as much exposure.
Yep, the players stand to lose at least two ways, the cap being lowered, and reduce BRI. Both sides are motivated to finish the season.
I don’t know how much of a share the players on the lower rungs of the ladder get in BRI but it’s something. So, they’re motivated but by how much I’m not really sure.
The MLB is starting back up on July 24th. NASCAR and golf have already restarted.
Systemic racism not only exists but largely structures American social and economic life. There’s a laundry list of indicators for that (education, access to healthcare, disparate wealth, criminal justice, environmental racism etc etc). But I’m not so certain your example is the best proof of such. After all, a lot of players also want to play and for a mix of reasons (wages, sanity, passion etc). There’s certain a power relationship here and the players are not the more powerful ones. What I think is interesting, even if nothing comes of it, is that Kyrie and a couple of others have suggested starting a new league – player owner, player run. And lots of players are worried not just about their physical health but the health of american society (ie they don’t wanna play because they know the orlando bubble means no marches, no protest etc). That I find promising.
Trae Young and Buddy Hield show out at local gym Trae Young and Buddy Hield decide to pop up at a gym to play some pickup basketball with the locals.
This from a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea.
I don’t see any way this season finishes with the amount of players who are getting COVID and Florida’s rising COVID cases. It’s a perfect recipe for disaster. I’d also be worried about long term health impact of COVID on these athletes. Who knows what that’ll be.
And not to mention all the people the players have possibly interacted with too.
Get well soon, Buddy.
I feel like Covid is like drinking beers. Like there’s certain people who’ve had a couple, but they’re still cool to drive. Then there’s others that are affected differently by the same amount of alcohol due to extenuating circumstances. You hear these about meat packing facilities with 700 positive Covid tests, but the vast majority seem to be asymptomatic. The whole thing is just so puzzling to me.
I think it’s just a reflection of the fact that we still know relatively little about the disease. Studying these things takes a lot of time but our society doesn’t do very well with patience, hence most of the country opening back up and pretending like the disease doesn’t exist.
In the movie Contagion, Matt Damon’s character was immune.
Some things in life are just a mystery.
Let’s just go to Mars and science some farms.
(From the other thread.)
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.
Team sports in this country are kidding themselves if they think they’re going to be starting back up before a working vaccine is on the market. 40 MLB players just last week, there’s no chance they make it through spring training, let alone the microseason. NBA won’t either.
Good grief, now Alex Len has tested positive!
Kings lead the league in something.
Risky joke…its funny as long as everyone’s okay.
Comedy is tragedy… with distance. Too soon?
I mean how long until the press release comes out that they canned the season? How many data points do you need?
NBA 3.0? Ha. This is NBA 19.0
The NBA knew that some number of players would test positive. I don’t think this affects their calculations at all.
This is exactly what we’ve been fucking saying. Re-opened too quick and now they want to start basketball, a sport where you literally have to be inches to your man or they’ll score on you.
the league fully expected that there would be positive tests. That’s why the did the testing now.
Bingo. And not to be cynical here (I’m very cynical — shocker), but it’s not like any of these guys are superstars either. Buddy Hield MIGHT get some discussion nationally, but Len and Parker certainly won’t. Especialy in context of which players matter the most in this whatever you want to call it reboot.When LeBron James or Damian Lillard or Zion Williamson or Giannis Antetokounmpo etc etc contract this that will be what is the death knell IMO.
This isn’t a Kings related clusterfuck, it’s just simply how it works. If 14 days from now any one tests negative, that’s July 8th. 21 days is July 15th and 28 days is July 22nd.
The league would have been irresponsible to not expect players to test positive even if you expected 90% to be asymptomatic. To me that’s a pretty simple bottom line.
The question is what is the metric for allowing players to return to play? The metric so far has been two negative tests in a row (1 day apart or was it three? I don’t remember). Plus the quarantine period has not begun yet ASFAIK so there is time yet.
Sigh. We had a healthier team two days ago.
i just hope that everyone recovers soon with no lingering effects.
I’ve not been on Twitter (unless it’s to troll Heuristic Lineup typically) much since mid March. Is there any news circulating out there about the health of any positive COVID NBA players? Or the positive MLB players for that matter?
I didn’t see any, but my view on Twitter is limited.