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Coronavirus NBA As precautionary measures, given the health protocols established by the league
Covid alert in the NBA.
Lyou Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors canceled their practices Thursday as precautionary measures, due to sanitation protocols established by the league to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Both teams made the announcement on Twitter.
Chicago forward Derrick Jones Jr. also entered the protocol Thursday. He is the fifth Bulls player on the list in the past nine days.
And later, The Raptors announced that their president Masai Ujiri had tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating himself at home.
Indiana has won two games this week – Monday against Washington and Wednesday against the New York Knicks. Pacers point guard Justin Holiday has not played since entering protocol on Nov. 30. The team leaders have not specified if anyone else was ruled out to play.
Indiana is scheduled to host Dallas this Friday.
The Raptors fell Wednesday at home to Oklahoma City, and They are scheduled to face the Knicks this Friday.
Toronto has not reported any positive cases of COVID-19 since the season began. The Raptors have insisted that all their players are vaccinated with all the required doses.
Ujiri commented in a statement that he too is fully vaccinated and has received a booster. He said he attended an in-person event Sunday for his nonprofit Giants of Africa.
All those attending that meeting had the obligation to be vaccinated. Ujiri said that after the gala, he learned that some guests had tested positive.
While, The week has been busy for the Pacers, who snapped a four-game losing streak just Monday.
In the midst of a season in which the average attendance at Indiana’s home games fell to 13,137 – tied for the worst in the league with Detroit’s – coach Rick Carlisle and president of athletic operations Kevin Pritchard chose to meet with its main players to address speculation that the team will be dismantled and rebuilt.
“Kevin and I made it clear that we want to win with this team,” Carlisle said during a post-game session, in which he coughs. “This team was put together with the idea that it would work. We’ve had to deal with some injuries and bad luck, but that’s the way the NBA is. Trades are always possible in this business and our guys know it.”