The NBA took a huge shot to the gut last week when the CDC announced recommended that gatherings of more than 50 people come to a halt over the next eight weeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus going forward.
Via the CDC website:
“Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
“Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”
With that in mind, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is ready to get a move on, but pointed out a peculiar place he would like to head to amid the coronavirus crisis.
He’s packing up the family and going to Wakanda.
Of course, that is a joke. Wakanda is a fictional place from the hit Marvel movie: The Black Panther.
LeBron talked about the film at the 2018 NBA All-Star game:
“What I haven’t talked about is how proud I am of the movie Black Panther,” he said. “And the reason, how proud I am of the movie is that, as a kid, the only people you felt like who could be superheroes were athletes and musicians. Because when I was growing up there was no superheroes like a Batman or a Superman or a Spiderman or Flash or Aquaman that were African-American. So I never thought I could be those people.”
Unfortunately for James and his teammates, they all had to get tested for COVID-19 after four players on the Brooklyn Nets tested positive for it and the Lakers last played them on March 10th.
The Lakers released the following statement on Tuesday:
Today we were made aware that four players on the Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for COVID-19.We have been in immediate contact with our players and basketball operations staff members since being made aware of this development.
Given the exposure risks from our game against the Nets on March 10th, we are following the next steps of our COVID-19 procedures and protocol that are established in consultation with various health officials, the NBA and our UCLA Health doctors.
The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans, and society in general, is of paramount importance to us, and will continue to be our focus.We appreciate the support of our fans, family and friends, and wish everyone affected by this virus a speedy and healthy recovery.