Three members of the Philadelphia 76ers organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a team press release (hat tip to The Athletic’s David Aldridge).
Upon recommendation, certain individuals from the organization — including players, coaches and basketball operations staff members — were tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately after consultation with medical experts and the league.
All others that were tested turned up negative for the virus, the Sixers said.
The latest positive tests adds to the growing fear over COVID-19 within the NBA. Seven NBA players are known to have tested positive for COVID-19 so far: Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Pistons big man Christian Wood, former MVP Kevin Durant and three other unidentified Nets players.
Earlier on Thursday, it was revealed that a member of the Nuggets’ organization had also tested positive.
Philadelphia returned from a lengthy West Coast trip just prior to the suspension of the season. The Sixers faced the Lakers, Clippers Kings and Warriors, though there are no known COVID-19 positives among those organizations.
They played a home game against the Pistons and Wood last Wednesday, the night the league decided to halt play over concerns regarding the coronavirus.