Even amid their routine as shut-ins, the Miami Heat and the rest of the league took solace Monday in the NBA pitching a shutout when it comes to COVID-19 testing in the league’s Disney World quarantine “bubble” settings.
Prior to the Heat’s evening practice, the NBA and players’ association announced, “Of the 346 players tested for COVID-19 on the NBA campus since test results were last announced on July 13, zero have returned confirmed positive tests.”
The Heat, however, continue to work in the absences of Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn, with the team declining to comment due to privacy statutes.
Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. previously allowed it to be known that he had tested positive for coronavirus before the Heat’s departure to Disney. Jones traveled with the team to Central Florida on July 8 and has been working in team sessions since.
The Heat and the rest of the NBA remain quarantined from those outside the league, limited in their areas of access at Disney.
The NBA and union noted in Monday’s release, “In the event that a player on the NBA campus returns a confirmed positive test in the future, he will be isolated until he is cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and the Players Association.”
For the fourth time in as many practices, the Heat worked the late shift at Disney, in advance of Wednesday night’s scrimmage opener at the Wide World of Sports complex against the Sacramento Kings. The Heat will play three such scrummages before resuming regular-season play Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets, with all games the balance of the season to be played in the absence of fans.
The Heat, at 41-24, already have clinched a playoff berth, with the postseason opening Aug. 17.
The NBA will remain sequestered until a champion is crowned, a schedule running as late as Oct. 13 for a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
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