Saturday, August 8

Two Los Angeles Lakers players test positive for coronavirus

Two Los Angeles Lakers players have tested positive for coronavirus, the NBA franchise has confirmed.

The entire team underwent testing after coming into contact with the Brooklyn Nets, who subsequently reported four cases of players contracting Covid-19. The Lakers said the two players, who haven’t been identified, are now under quarantine in the care of the team’s doctor.

“We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician,” the Lakers said in a statement.

“All players and members of the Lakers staff are being asked to continue to observe self-quarantine and shelter at home guidelines, closely monitor their health, consult with their personal physicians and maintain constant communication with the team.”

The NBA suspended its season last week after Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert became the first player to contract coronavirus, while several others including two-time champion Kevin Durant have since returned positive tests. ​

“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant wrote. “We’re going to get through this.”