Lakers players undergo coronavirus testing; were Nets’ last opponent


The Los Angeles Lakers underwent testing for coronavirus Wednesday, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, following the Brooklyn Nets’ announcement Tuesday that four players had tested positive for the virus.

The testing was administered to Lakers players only — not the coaching staff or support staff — sources told McMenamin. Players arrived at the test site and never left their vehicles during the procedure, which involved a Q-tip being placed up their nostril to secure a culture, according to sources.

Each test took a matter of minutes, according to sources. A Lakers spokesperson would not comment on the testing, citing medical privacy rules. The Lakers played the Nets in their last game before the NBA suspended play last Wednesday following a positive test by Utah’s Rudy Gobert.

The Lakers will self-quarantine for 14 days. Most of the Lakers are still in town, so testing should not be a logistical issue, sources told ESPN.

“Given the exposure risks from our game against the Nets on March 10th, we are following the next steps of our COVID-19 procedures and protocol that are established in consultation with various health officials, the NBA and our UCLA Health doctors,” the Lakers said. “The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans, and society in general, is of paramount importance to us, and will continue to be our focus.“

On Tuesday, the Nets announced that four players had tested positive for the virus, and Kevin Durant told the Athletic that he was one of the players. The Nets said they had reached out to anyone known to have had contact with the players.

Two NBA players in addition to Gobert are known to have tested positive for the virus: Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and the Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood.

The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the Lakers would be tested.


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