Unfortunately for the Nuggets, the backdrop that is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hit them big time.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver practice facility will be shuttered for at least a few days after members of the traveling party heading to Orlando tested positive for the virus.
Next few days of testing will determine when facility re-opens to players and staff in Denver, per sources. https://t.co/y4tT3qgfFz— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2020
This comes a few days after the NBA announced that 16 players had tested positive for COVID-19. That came after the NBA conducted more than 300 tests.
It was earlier this month that Denver’s All-Star big man Nikola Jokic tested positive for the virus. Nuggets head coach Michael Malone also noted that he had COVID-19 during the spring. However, this recent outbreak surrounding the Nuggets has nothing to do with those two incidents. That’s what makes it even more tricky.
As the pandemic continues to spread across the U.S. at an alarming rate, the NBA is still planning on resuming its season July 30.
It will take place in a state of Florida that remains one of the worldwide epicenters of the pandemic. The NBA has a lot of precautionary measures in place to help prevent the spread of the virus within Walt Disney World’s bubble city.
The backdrop here includes a number of NBA players who have decided to opt-out of returning to the season. The latest being Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan, who just tested positive for COVID-19.
As for the Nuggets, they are currently the third seed in the Western Conference behind the Lakers and Clippers at 43-22 on the season.
Their situation is representative of the issues that could lead to the season failing to get off the ground in Orlando.