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2 Nets players test positive ahead of NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan will not play again this season and teammate Spencer Dinwiddie’s participation is also in doubt after both tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday.

The National Basketball Association is planning to go ahead with its restart plans at Disney World in Orlando on July 30, despite Florida battling a surge in coronavirus cases in the past few days.

“Found out last night and confirmed again today that I’ve tested positive for Covid while being back in market. As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season,” Jordan, 31, said on Twitter on Monday.

Dinwiddie told sports news site The Athletic he had experienced symptoms “including fever and chest tightness.”

The 27-year-old guard said it remained unclear whether he would be able to play in Orlando, where 22 teams will be based for the remainder of the season. Players are due to travel to Florida for training camp in early July, and the teams will play games without fans in a “bubble” .

On Sunday another Nets player, forward Wilson Chandler, ruled himself out of the NBA’s restarted season, citing safety fears because of the coronavirus.

Chandler told ESPN he had opted to skip the restart in Orlando in order to spend more time with his family.

It is a further blow to the playoff ambitions of the Nets, who are already without stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant because of injury.

The Nets (30-34) are seventh in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn has eight games remaining and is a half-game ahead of the eighth-place Orlando Magic and six ahead of the ninth-place Washington Wizards.




 

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