Sacramento Kings Head Coach Luke Walton said the team did not have a full roster in the arena Sunday practicing for a few reasons. One reason is the team has had some positive COVID-19 tests.
Before we got back in the facility and we were going through the NBA protocols as far as the safety stuff is concerned, we had a couple positive tests. Before we opened up, those guys were put in quarantine, he said.
The other reason is protecting some guys from injury because they haven't played yet and there's been no five-on-five contact. Walton said some guys were held out for physical reasons because the team didn't feel safe yet with the injury risk part of it. They did have enough guys to do some up-and-down scrimmaging, however.
Walton wouldn't elaborate on who was held out and for which of the described reasons.
Some of it has to do with COVID and there's so many rules right now that I'm still learning all of them and I don't want to get my foot stuck in my mouth so I'm just going to stay away from who missed for what reasons and everything else, Walton said.
We'll keep you updated on this as more news comes out about these positive COVID-19 tests, and who is being held out to prevent injury.
Going into the Orlando Bubble, the Kings had several positive COVID-19 tests, including Buddy Hield, Alex Len, Jabari Parker and Harrison Barnes.