Now comes good news.
Wood, the only Detroit Pistons player known to have contracted the virus, is “feeling great and fully recovered,” according to his agent, Adam Pensack.
A source familiar with the situation said Wood has to pass a few medical tests and is expected to be cleared Thursday.
In order to be cleared, a person needs two negative tests, spaced at least 24 hours apart. Wood passed the initial test Wednesday and will take the second test on Thursday, a league source told The Detroit News.
The 17 Pistons tests were done through a private lab and were not taken from the allotment of public testing kits. In the Pistons’ cases, tests were only given if the person had direct contact with a person who had tested positive and presented with symptoms or had an underlying condition that made them more susceptible.
The source of coronavirus tests for celebrities, including NBA players, has become an issue. The real shame is the shortage of tests. But the Pistons are trying to get in front of complaints about favorable treatment.
Considering return-to-play options, the NBA must obviously evaluate how quickly players recover from coronavirus. Wood’s progress is great news.
But coronavirus is still spreading – both within and outside the NBA. Celtics guard Marcus Smart, two Lakers players and three members of the 76ers organization tested positive with results announced in the last week. Unless everyone involved in the league is quarantining, it’s impossible to rule out more new cases.