There have been multiple players and staff around the NBA that have tested positive for the coronavirus. Yet, we only got the names of Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Christina Wood, and Kevin Durant as the players who got the virus.
That doesn’t mean all of them wanted that information to get out. Christina Wood certainly did not.
The Detroit Pistons big man was the 3rd player named to have contracted the virus after Gobert and Mitchell, but according to Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey, he did not want that to be made public.
“That’s why we were so mystified when it leaked out,” Casey told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. “Christian was upset his name got out there. He didn’t release it. And the worst part was it got out before Christian even had a chance to tell his mom.
“I was very unhappy about that,” he continued. “I told our staff, ‘This is unprofessional. This can’t happen again.’ It was so unfair to our player.”
The Los Angeles Lakers announced March 19 that two of their players received positive test results but their names have not been revealed. Boston Celtics player Marcus Smart elected to go public with his positive results during a video released on social media.
Casey says the Pistons have checked in often with Wood following his diagnosis.
“He’s a young guy, living alone, so we wanted to stay engaged with him,” Casey said. “From what I can tell, he spent most of his time playing video games.”
Wood has since fully recovered from the virus.