March 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Marcus Smart Cleared Of COVID-19 By Health Officials

Mar 29, 2020 10:22 PM

Marcus Smart announced on Twitter that he has been cleared of COVID-19 by the Massachusetts Department of Health.

"Corona Free as of two days ago. Cleared by Mass Dept of Health. Thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers and I'm doing the same for everyone that's been effected by this. Stay safe and stay together- apart! Much love!" tweeted Smart.

Smart, who was asymptomatic, tested positive over two weeks ago.

Brad Stevens said he was proud of Smart for coming forward to raise awareness.

"I'm proud of how he kinda took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online and just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now," said Stevens.


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NBA Program Asking Players Who Recovered From COVID-19 To Donate Plasma For Research

Mar 29, 2020 4:15 PM

The NBA, through its "NBA Together" program, is asking players and team individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma as research.

The donation would help support the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, which features top specialists exploring plasma as a potential treatment for the coronavirus.

The NBA recently launched the "NBA Together" program to help educate and engage audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign hopes to amplify information and resources to keep communities connected throughout the pandemic. 

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Brad Stevens: Marcus Smart Doing 'Great' During Self-Isolation

Mar 28, 2020 12:44 PM

Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart was in "great spirits" after testing positive for COVID-19, and added that he was proud of Smart for announcing his results to the larger public.

Smart, currently in self-isolation, is asymptomatic.

"I'm just happy that when he tested positive he continued to experience no symptoms and has felt great ever since. ... I'm proud of how he kinda took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online and just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now," said Stevens.

Stevens added that he believes the NBA canceling the game between the Jazz and the Thunder was a turning point for how the country looked at the virus.

"I think in a unique way that was a starting point for the whole country in recognizing that. I know a lot of people that have experienced symptoms or that ultimately -- throughout this NBA family -- that have gotten this. So I think it hit home well before that. But I do think that Wednesday night [when Gobert tested positive] will be something that we all remember and obviously the days following that as we entered this kind of new world."

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All Jazz Players, Staff Cleared By Utah Health Officials Following Quarantine

Mar 28, 2020 1:11 AM

Utah Jazz players and staff completed the required amount of time for quarantine and self-isolation, and were cleared by the Utah Department of Health.

The players and staff no longer pose a risk for the infection of others.

Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks ago, with Donovan Mitchell receiving a positive test on March 16th.

Gobert's positive test lead the NBA to suspend its season.


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Christian Wood 'Feeling Great And Fully Recovered' From COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020 1:16 AM

Christian Wood has fully recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, according to his agent Adam Pensack.

Pensack said that Wood is "feeling great and fully recovered" after receiving a positive test on March 14th.

Wood, who still has to pass medical tests, is expected to be fully cleared on Thursday.

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John Wall Won't Return During 19-20 Season No Matter How Long Suspension Lasts

Mar 25, 2020 11:58 AM

John Wall won't return from his ruptured Achilles during the 19-20 season regardless of how long it is delayed.

Wall suffered the injury in January of 2019.

“We’ve said all along that we can’t wait until John plays next season, and I think that will still be our attitude and our stance,” Tommy Sheppard said in a recent interview. “We’re very anxious to see John Wall in uniform next year. I don’t think any of this changes that.”

The Wizards expect Wall to be back for the 20-21 season.

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Pau Gasol Hopes To Return To NBA But Thinking About Retirement

Mar 23, 2020 10:58 PM

Pau Gasol has been hoping to return to the NBA at some point, but he's now considering retirement.

“With this recovery process and the injury that I have been dealing with for more than a year, it’s undoubtedly inevitable to think about retirement,” Gasol said. “Also taking into account that I will be 40 years old in a few months. So it’s definitely in my mind.”

Gasol was released by the Portland Trail Blazers in November as he was unable to work his way back from a foot injury.

“It’s something that will come one time, sooner or later. We hope that time hasn’t come yet. But I also take the opportunity to focus on the Gasol Foundation and other off-court projects. And also think of what my next professional stage may be, my next challenges. All this while I’m still recovering, trying to give myself a chance to keep playing. Now, the priority is to overcome this pandemic among all. Everything else is completely secondary.”

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David Griffin Says NBA 'Very Mindful Of The Idea Of Getting Back To Playing'

Mar 22, 2020 2:12 PM

New Orleans Pelicans general manager David Griffin said that the league is doing everything in its power to not have to cancel the rest of the NBA season.

“With everything changing so quickly, everything is in a state of flux that I think it would be premature for the NBA to say what it ultimately looks like. I do know unequivocally that the league is very mindful of the idea of getting back to playing. The idea of canceling a season is not all on their minds, and we’re modeling every possible thing we can for how we can deliver a product to the fans.

"Quite frankly, we’re all going to need a diversion in the future. (But) until we can get to a point where we think we’ve got containment of (the coronavirus), we’re going to continue to stay locked down. Hopefully we’ll get to a point where we can come back sooner rather than later," said Griffin in an interview.

Adam Silver announced a 30-day minimum league suspension through at least April 9th.

Others have reported that the NBA will do everything in its power to not cancel the playoffs, even if it takes the season into July or August.

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Javale McGee Tests Negative For COVID-19

Mar 20, 2020 1:46 AM

Javale McGee tested negative for COVID-19, league sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

McGee, who has asthma, was also admitted to the hospital this season for pneumonia. 

Two Lakers players tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Both players are asymptomatic. 

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Terance Mann Undergoes Surgery To Repair Ligament In Right Hand

Mar 18, 2020 3:20 PM

Terance Mann underwent surgery yesterday to repair a ligament in his right hand. Mann suffered the injury during a game on March 8, 2020 while on assignment with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.  No timetable for his return to basketball has been set.

Mann, 23, has appeared in 35 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 assists per game. The first-year guard out of Florida State spent 20 games with the Clippers’ G League affiliate, averaging 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 35.0 minutes played for Agua Caliente.  

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Bob Myers: Warriors Shut Down Facilities, Klay Thompson Rehabbing 'By Himself'

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Donovan Mitchell Says He's Asymptomatic, Admits It Took Time To 'Cool Off' At Rudy Gobert


Kevin Durant Unlikely To Return Even If Season Extends To June/July


Steve Kerr Was 'Concerned' Steph Curry Had Coronavirus

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Referee Courtney Kirkland Tests Negative For COVID-19

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Donovan Mitchell Says He 'Feels Fine' In Video

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Jalen Brunson Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

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Raptors' Travel Party Test Negative For COVID-19

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Adam Silver Says NBA Asked Rudy Gobert To Develop PSA To Help Combat COVID-19

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Jazz Players To Remain At Chesapeake Energy Arena Following Coronavirus Tests, Not Permitted To Fly


Players From Cavs, Knicks, Raptors, Celtics, Pistons Told To Self-Quarantine


Jeremy Lamb Undergoes Successful Surgery To Repair Torn ACL, Meniscus

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Chandler Hutchison To Undergo Surgery On Right Shoulder

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Ben Simmons Out At Least Three More Weeks With Back Injury

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Steph Curry Expected To Play On Thursday, Draymond Green 'Getting Closer' To Return

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Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson Return To Sixers Practice

Cameron Johnson Diagnosed With Mono

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Jusuf Nurkic To Practice With G League's Santa Cruz Ahead Of Potential Sunday Return

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Norman Powell Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle


Jaren Jackson Jr., Justise Winslow Expected To Rejoin Grizzlies Within Week