The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the players’ union said 48 players tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as part of the league’s initial round of return-to-market testing for the 2020-21 season.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association said 546 players were tested between Nov. 24 and 30 as they returned to their team facilities. Teams started individual workouts on Tuesday and the league said players will be tested daily during the regular season, which is scheduled to begin on Dec. 22. Preseason games are slated to begin Dec. 11.
The league’s 8.8-percent positivity rate is higher than the 5.3-percent rate in June, before the league moved to a bubble campus in Orlando, Florida, for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. Last season was interrupted by the pandemic in mid-March and teams entered the Florida bubble campus in July at the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus Walt Disney World Resort.No players tested positive after the NBA resumed the season, which ended with the NBA Finals in August. SOVEREIGNPH