Wiz’s Beal, Nets’ Dinwiddie & Prince All to Skip Restart in the Bubble
Rosters for the NBA’s restart is a week-to-week process at this point.
While the current plan is to resume the season on July 30th in Orlando, there are still plenty of peaks and valleys that teams will be required to overcome. The major hurdle will continue to be remaining healthy and safe from the novel coronavirus.
Earlier today, a trio of players were ruled out of the restart.
Wizards star Bradley Beal will not play in restarted NBA season due to shoulder injury.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2020
Most notably Bradley Beal will not be with his ninth-seeded Washington Wizards after being ruled out with the shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Taurean Prince of the Brooklyn Nets has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be held back from playing out the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign. Spencer Dinwiddie, who to this point is the only confirmed player outside of Rudy Gobert to feel symptoms of the virus, has also been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
The NBA expects more positive COVID-19 cases when teams arrive to the NBA campus later in the week.
“We won’t be surprised when they first come down to Orlando if we have some additional players test positive,” Commissioner Adam Silver said. “What would be most concerning is once players enter this campus and then go through our quarantine period, then if they were to test positive or if we were to have any positive tests, we would know we would have an issue.
“… We would know that there’s in essence a hole in our bubble or that our quarantine or our campus is not working in some way. So that would be very concerning.”
That being said, Silver believes the league has taken the right measures to keep players safe while on campus to prevent a second shut down of the season.
“I think we do have the ability to trace, of course to try to understand where that positive case came from,” Silver said of any positive cases inside the Walt Disney World campus. “We can actually analyze the virus itself and try to track whether if there is more than one case, if it’s in essence the same virus and same genetic variation of the virus that is passed from one player to another or two people have gotten it on the campus independently. So those are all things that we are looking at.”
“Certainly if we had any sort of significant spread within our campus, we would be shut down again.”
While the NBA is pulling out all the stops, the unpredictability of the virus remains a huge concern.