Just two days ago, coach Erik Spoelstra spoke to the media about the excitement of practicing resuming with a nearly full roster prior to the Miami Heat reporting to Orlando for the season re-start on July 9th.
Now the practices will wait until they get to the protective bubble…and once the team self-quarantines.
Already without Derrick Jones Jr. due to a positive Covid-19 test, the Heat learned Thursday that another player had tested positive. That was first reported by Five Reasons Sports Network this afternoon.
Due to a positive test for Covid-19, the Miami Heat will be closing their facility for anything but testing, and will not practice until they get to Orlando.
My policy and @5ReasonsSports policy is not to release the name of anyone who tests positive.
— Ethan J. Skolnick of @5ReasonsSports (@EthanJSkolnick) July 3, 2020
It is believed that the player was exposed to an associate who has also tested positive, and is now in quarantine.
But it is 5RSN policy not to reveal the identity of anyone who tests positive.
The team is planning to report to Orlando as scheduled. Jones is expected to participate in Orlando, and there is no reason to believe (yet) that this other player will not.
The Heat open play again on August 1st against the Denver Nuggets.
Can confirm story first reported by @EthanJSkolnick. A Heat player has tested positive for Covid-19 and the team has closed arena from workouts for players.
— Will Manso (@WillManso) July 3, 2020
The Heat are familiar with delicate health situations. Two of the most prominent players in Heat history — Alonzo Mourning, Chris Bosh — had their careers derailed, and in Bosh’s case, finished, by serious and unexpected ailments.
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