Of 546 N.B.A. gamers not too long ago screened for the coronavirus, 48 examined constructive, the league introduced Wednesday, a day after coaching camps opened for the 2020-21 season.
The league stated in an announcement that the testing started final week as gamers began returning to their groups’ cities. The assertion didn’t say which gamers had examined constructive.
“Anybody who has returned a confirmed constructive check throughout this preliminary section of testing of their workforce’s market is remoted till they’re cleared for leaving isolation beneath the principles established by the N.B.A. and the Gamers Affiliation in accordance with C.D.C. steering,” the N.B.A. stated in its assertion.
For the approaching season, the league is departing from the so-called bubble surroundings it established to complete the interrupted 2019-20 season, which was halted for 4 and a half months earlier than resuming with the gamers and important workforce personnel dwelling collectively in an isolation zone at Walt Disney World close to Orlando, Fla. No participant examined constructive there after clearing quarantine.
Now, most groups will compete at their regular arenas, apart from the Toronto Raptors, who will play in Tampa, Fla., due to journey restrictions between the USA and Canada. Many of the arenas can be devoid of followers, though some might have restricted attendance, just like the State Farm Enviornment, house of the Atlanta Hawks.
The common season is slated to start Dec. 22 and can final 72 video games, 10 fewer than in a typical N.B.A. season.