Smart, Other NBAers Cleared Of Coronavirus; Dolan Tests Positive
Celtics G Marcus Smart last night said that he "has been cleared of the COVID-19 virus after testing positive nearly two weeks ago," according to Gary Washburn of the BOSTON GLOBE. Smart wrote on Twitter, "Corona Free as of two days ago. Cleared by Mass Dept of Health." Three more NBA players -- Jazz C Rudy Gobert, Jazz G Donovan Mitchell and Pistons F Christian Wood -- also "have been cleared after testing positive" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/30). In Utah, Sarah Todd noted the "entire Jazz team and staff, regardless of their prior testing status, were all cleared by the Department of Health" on Friday after completing a "mandated two-week quarantine period following their exposure to the coronavirus, having been in contact with either Gobert or Mitchell" (DESERET NEWS, 3/27).
DOLAN TESTS POSITIVE: In N.Y., Marc Berman reported MSG Exec Chair and Knicks Owner James Dolan has "tested positive for the coronavirus 'with little to no symptoms.'" A source said that Dolan is "self-isolating with his family in the Hamptons and his test came back earlier this week." The Knicks said he “continues to oversee business operations.” Dolan "did not attend the Knicks’ final road trip to Washington and Atlanta, but sat baseline at the Garden for their final home game on March 8 against the Pistons." The game was six days before Wood tested positive (N.Y. POST, 3/29). Also in N.Y., Sopan Deb noted Dolan is the first NBA team owner "publicly known to have tested positive for the virus." It was "not immediately clear how or why Dolan was tested," given the lack of available tests in the U.S. and in N.Y. in particular (N.Y. TIMES, 3/29).
MORE POSITIVE TESTS: In Denver, Matt Schubert noted a second Avalanche player "has tested positive." The player, who has not been identified by the team, is "now in self-isolation" (DENVER POST, 3/29)....Sparks G Sydney Wiese is the "first WNBA player to test positive for the coronavirus." Wiese said she is "feeling well -- fortunate to only show mild symptoms, but I am capable of spreading it." She is now in Phoenix "under self-quarantine" (L.A. TIMES, 3/28)....Pistons College Scout Maury Hanks has "contracted the coronavirus and taken a terrible turn." Hanks has been "admitted to the ICU of a Tennessee hospital and is fighting for his life" (ESPN.com, 3/27).