OKC Thunder: A man wearing a protective facemask sits in the empty stadium (Photo by WOLFGANG RATTAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The 17 OKC Thunder players traveling to Orlando were not among the 25 NBA payers who tested positive for COVID-19.
Mandatory testing of NBA players for COVID-19 began on June 23rd. With teams preparing to head to Orlando next week theses tests will become part and parcel of everyday life. On Wednesday, July 2nd, the OKC Thunder advised none of their 17 players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
As per Erik Horne of The Athletic, a spokesperson for the team delivered this information prior to the virtual interview with Steven Adams. If we’re diving into the wording semantics the fact the spokesperson said “since returning to the team” is noteworthy because it leaves the window open that players could’ve contracted the virus during the hiatus but that information would not be shared.
17 OKC Thunder players test negative for coronavirus
This is important given the NBA acknowledged 25 players have tested positive out of the 351 players who underwent those exams since mandatory testing began.
The initial tests from June 23rd resulted in 16 positive tests. The additional nine positive tests were a result of tests taken in the six days between June 24th and June 29th
Of note, the 25 total does not include the players who tested positive at the start of the pandemic. Patient zero of…