The Portland Trail Blazers have closed their facility for deep cleansing after three constructive COVID-19 assessments got here again in a span of 4 days.
Sunday was to have been the primary full day of coaching camp for the Blazers. They, together with all different NBA groups, started having gamers again of their facility for particular person exercises final week.
The group didn’t say if the constructive assessments concerned gamers, employees or some mixture of the 2. Portland is scheduled to open its preseason slate at dwelling Friday in opposition to Sacramento, a sport that — for now — is about to be televised nationally on ESPN.
Blazers President Neil Olshey, in an announcement distributed by the group, stated the choice to shut the power was made “out of an abundance of warning.” The group has additionally accomplished contact tracing, Olshey stated.
The Blazers didn’t say how lengthy their facility can be closed. There was no fast announcement concerning the group’s plan for observe Monday, or if any talks had taken place about suspending or canceling Friday’s preseason opener.
“It is one thing you have to take care of,” Miami Heat guard and Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation vice chairman Andre Iguodala stated Sunday when advised of the Blazers’ state of affairs — the primary facility shutdown within the league since groups started gathering final week. “Hope for the perfect however put together for the worst and see what occurs from there.”
The league advised its groups on Saturday that golf equipment discovered to not be complying with league guidelines designed to reduce the unfold of the coronavirus this season might face main penalties similar to forfeiting video games or draft picks.
NBA groups started coronavirus testing to organize for camp round Nov. 24, and the league stated 48 gamers — nearly 9% of all examined — had been constructive for COVID-19 within the first week of that program.