As the NBA ramps up coronavirus testing in advance of resuming at Disney World, players – who, like everyone, live in a world plagued by coronavirus – are predictably testing positive. So far:
- Nuggets star Nikola Jokic
- Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon
- Two Suns
- Four players on a Western Conference playoff team
Now, Kings forward Jabari Parker.
James Ham of NBC Sports California:
Statement on Jabari Parker testing positive for coronavirus: pic.twitter.com/QU4d3iQh5i
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) June 24, 2020
It’s good Parker’s COVID-19 was detected. Hopefully, he recovers quickly enough – and without long-terms complications – to join Sacramento in Disney World, as he desires. That he finds that goal realistic is a positive indicator of his current condition.
Parker, who holds a $6.5 million player option for next season, has at least some contractual security.
The Kings enter the resumption as playoffs longshots. This explains why they signed Corey Brewer. Parker more power forward/small forward, and Brewer is more small forward/shooting guard. But if Marvin Bagley III is healthy, Sacramento will have another option at power forward, anyway.