The Wizards face the NBA’s most significant coronavirus outbreak.
But the league’s COVID-19 problems extend well beyond Washington.
Of the 502 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 13, 11 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.
Among the 11:
- Four or five Wizards (in addition to the two or three Washington players who tested positive in the previous round)
- Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns
NBA players have now had at least 144 cases – and almost certainly many more – of coronavirus. Which is yet another reason NBA players shouldn’t be prioritized for vaccination. Though it’s possible to get the virus twice, it’s exceedingly unlikely.
Perversely, this growing natural immunity is one of the NBA’s biggest weapons in its bid to continue playing.
Which makes it all the more striking so many players continue to test positive.