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De’Aaron Fox, Alex Len, and Louis King have entered health and safety protocols, per report

Several more players and staff members are expected to be announced as well.
By | 38 Comments | Dec 16, 2021

Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox has entered NBA health and safety protocols, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Charania also says that the Kings expect several more players and staff members to enter protocols.

Head Coach Alvin Gentry, Marvin Bagley, and Terence Davis all missed yesterday’s game as part of health and safety protocols, with Gentry reportedly testing positive for Covid but being mostly asymptomatic.

Fox was previously reported as having been positive for Covid at the end of last season. This current report does not say that he’s positive for Covid, as there are a number of reasons a player can end up in the protocols, including contact tracing.

Earlier today ESPN 1320’s James Ham provided good clarification on some of the nuances involved:

We expect more names to be announced as the afternoon continues, and we will continue to provide updates as more is reported. In the meantime we hope that all the impacted players, coaches, and staffers a speedy recovery.

Update:

Alex Len and Louis King are now also in health and safety protocols, per reports.

King was with Sacramento for Monday’s game in Toronto but was in Oklahoma City yesterday with the Stockton Kings.

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1951
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December 16, 2021 3:29 pm

NBA: I see nothing! Everything is fine!

https://mobile.twitter.com/i/timeline

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December 16, 2021 3:35 pm

I hope Fox doesn’t have a new case of it. I think some of his struggles this season could be related to his earlier illness, although he’s been looking great this month.

Just shut the league down for two weeks, test everyone after that, and whoever isn’t sick can play ball.

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December 16, 2021 3:38 pm
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No. Shutting down the league allows to succeed the conspiratorial forces to keep the Kings down!

Think about it:

https://mobile.twitter.com/i/timeline

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December 16, 2021 11:47 pm
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The Doug Christie punch that kept a franchise down for decades… I see it now.

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December 17, 2021 8:04 am
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Stupid mobile twitter. The conspiracy to keep the conspiracy silent thickens!

https://twitter.com/SactownAnthony/status/1471624546104922112

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December 16, 2021 4:15 pm
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If the Christmas Day slate of games wasn’t in nine days, that’s probably exactly what they’d do.

I don’t think there’s any way they suspend play for a couple weeks something like half the teams get knocked down to 8 or fewer players.

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December 16, 2021 5:02 pm

You’re right about the xmas games, they won’t pass up that ad revenue unless someone dies, and probably not even then.

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December 16, 2021 5:47 pm
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Yeah, they need to take a break before things get so bad that someone gets seriously ill or even dies. It also makes me wonder about folks who sit courtside or near the bench. There is a lot of heavy breathing and shared air near the court. There is sometimes even vomit.

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December 16, 2021 7:36 pm
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Lol for this:

There is sometimes even vomit.

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December 16, 2021 9:40 pm
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I’m not sure what this would accomplish (probably nothing). This new wave of the virus is going to last all winter. Shutting down the league for a couple of weeks won’t stop new infections because the players will still be running around in public since they would likely not be quarantined for that period. All it would accomplish is to delay even more games.

The best course of action is to do what the Kings are already doing, i.e., require masks for all attendees and proof of vaccination. This should be extended and enforced at all facilities league wide. I was at the Wizards game and saw that there were Kings personnel half heartedly enforcing the mask mandate. I would like to see them be more strict with the enforcement efforts. Also, a lot of attendees are cheating on the mandate by buying a beer and nursing it for the entire game to justify having their masks off. I’m not sure what can be done about that but it would be nice if they could figure out how to address that as well. It’s extremely disrespectful of those fans who are showing complete disregard for the fellow fans.

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December 17, 2021 7:12 am
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Being vaccinated doesn’t negate transmission. All teams need to require a negative test within 24 hours for attendees or shutdown or go back to playing with no fans.
As far as masks go, they don’t do much when there’s thousands of people in an enclosed sitting for hours at a time breathing one another’s air. You’re going to have transmission with or without masks.
The non-dome NFL stadiums can better get away with hosting fans as air circulation is critical to preventing spread.

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December 16, 2021 3:37 pm

Well, Gentry talks to the players every game without a mask…so I assume the team is shutting down.

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December 16, 2021 9:03 pm
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So does every head coach !

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December 16, 2021 4:23 pm

Don’t think you can avoid it spreading in NBA when many of the cases are asymptomatic and players and banging and fighting on the court every night. One dude can infect a multitude of players.

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December 17, 2021 7:13 am
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Exactly, there’s no logic behind the NBA’s protocol. If they’re not daily testing then everything else is pointless.

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December 16, 2021 5:11 pm

Len also out now. Guess this is why the kings have so many centers on the roster. We still got Thompson, Jones, and queta able to play the five.

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December 16, 2021 5:36 pm

Davion starts at PG!
that’s the better news coming out of Fox’s sad news.

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December 16, 2021 6:41 pm

I hope the NBA starts to evolve its COVID protocol to reflect the reality of a virus that is not going away.

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December 16, 2021 7:29 pm

BREAKING: NBA folds to prevent spread of COVID-19.

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December 16, 2021 8:19 pm

I have to agree here – anyone who is young, healthy and vaccinated will be fine. For people in that category, which includes literally almost every NBA player, it’s fine. We’ve dealt with influenza outbreaks of varying degrees in society without random freakouts, we can deal with this now that almost everyone in the league is vaccinated.

Go ahead and treat the unvaccinated players like lepers if that is what it takes but asymptomatic positives amongst the vaccinated are really not interesting at all.

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December 16, 2021 9:11 pm

It will eventually go that way. People know it but are not willing to take that stand yet. I was at the game last night and close enough to touch the players on the floor. There was not a single person associated with the team acting concerned about COVID.

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December 16, 2021 9:53 pm

asymptomatic positives amongst the vaccinated are really not interesting at all.

Unfortunately that is not true. All new infections asymptomatic or not increase the probability of a new variant which may or may not be worse than the last and may or may not be resistant to the current vaccines. The goal is to reduce all infections in order to get control of this virus so we can get back to some form of normal.

My version of normal would be to get covid to the level of the flu. I.e. a yearly covid shot and a yearly death rate of 20,000 to 60,000. I don’t remember the exact numbers that I saw recently but the death rate for covid is far above that of the flu. Here’s an off the cuff estimate though. Roughly 1,100 people a day die from covid. That puts the yearly death rate at 400,000+. Like I said, far above that of the flu.

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December 16, 2021 10:51 pm
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I am all for limiting the spread. Reality is that normal is different now. Hopefully one day soon COVID evolves into something like the flu, which will be a new variant, and the flu is a new variant all the time.

Young, vaccinated, professional athletes have very little risk. That is a reality. At some point the NBA will have to go forward and deal with that reality.

The odds of Bagley playing 6 games in a row are much worse to deal with as a team.

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December 17, 2021 7:20 am
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“Unfortunately that is not true. All new infections asymptomatic or not increase the probability of a new variant which may or may not be worse than the last and may or may not be resistant to the current vaccines. The goal is to reduce all infections in order to get control of this virus so we can get back to some form of normal.”

There is no getting control of this virus, you can’t control the movement of the billions of people around the world, let alone in this country. The virus will evolve and mutate, essentially forever. The death rate for Covid is decreasing which is a good sign and hopefully as you said it reaches the level of the flu sooner than later.

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December 17, 2021 7:32 am
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You can take some measure to control the movement of billion of people, like requiring a negative test AND vaccines for all air travel and large sporting events. The scrutiny of which negative tests and vaccine cards are checked to some of the places I’ve gone are a joke.
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I’d be 100% fine with increasing the requirements AND also strictly enforcing them. If it makes life uncomfortable for the unvaccinated, so be it. It’s about the greater good.

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December 17, 2021 8:28 am
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None of the serious cases are in the NBA ! Much better chance of dying in a car wreck !

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December 17, 2021 10:02 am
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Roughly 1,100 people a day die from covid.

Almost all of whom are unvaccinated or immunocompromised. The Covid death rate amongst the vaccinated is *lower* than a normal flu season (though if people got flu vaccines at the same rate they got covid vaccines that would probably not be true).

At this point, virtually everyone getting seriously ill or dying from covid has specifically chosen that outcome. I am just beyond caring any more.

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December 17, 2021 8:13 pm

People have a choice in how to confront the danger. People make their decision and the world moves on.

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December 17, 2021 7:15 am

Stop talking common sense, that’s not appreciated these days.

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December 16, 2021 7:21 pm

Just when we finally found our coach and were starting to roll….

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December 16, 2021 7:26 pm

The headline should read “Kings fans enter 15th season of health and safety protocols after continual exposure to the Kangz virus.”

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December 16, 2021 9:38 pm

For those Photoshop wizards out there. Can I get a number 19 Kings jersey, with the name of our new player Covid?

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December 16, 2021 10:52 pm
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Is he as good as Cash Considerations?

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December 16, 2021 11:51 pm
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I’m a bit busy right now.

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December 17, 2021 12:39 am

The NBA may look to limit attendance by 25-50%. The Kings already started that weeks ago. Ahead of the game!!! Basketball3.0 is back!

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December 17, 2021 9:24 am

Free Neemie?

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December 17, 2021 10:39 am

Didn’t DeAaron Fox and Marvin Bagley already have COVID? Can you really get it twice? That’s more than just basketball news.

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December 17, 2021 10:49 am
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You can get covid twice – or, more likely, test positive twice. Nasal swabs may detect virus that is just kind of hanging out in your nasal cavity where your immune system can’t really get to it. Also, even if you do have acquired immunity from vaccination or prior infection (or both) you may not have enough active antibodies at first to completely clear the virus – your T & B memory will cells will (probably) eventually produce the effector T-cells to do the job but its not an instantaneous process and you’ll likely test positive in the meantime (and maybe be slightly ill and definitely contagious).

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