KEY POINTS

  • Boston Celtics announced that one of their players tested positive for COVID-19
  • Marcus Smart shared on social media that he tested positive for coronavirus
  • The Lakers, Nuggets, and Sixers also made their announcement that their teams had a confirmed case

Add Boston Celtics to teams that were hit by the coronavirus.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart posted on his social media channel that he was the one who tested positive for coronavirus. “I’m okay, I feel fine. I don’t feel any symptoms,” said the 26-year old Smart.

“But I can’t stress enough practicing social distancing and keep yourself away from a large group of people,” he added.

The last year’s All-NBA Defensive First Team ended his announcement by sharing a simple but strong message for people not to catch the virus. “Just really washing your hands and help protect yourself and help protect others by protecting yourself.”

The Celtics released an official statement saying that one of their players tested positive for COVID-19, just as the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers also reported that they have players that tested positive for the virus.

“The Boston Celtics learned today that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. Testing was initiated because of exposure to a known positive case,” the team said but did not elaborate whether the player contracted a disease from a confirmed carrier outside the NBA or a non-NBA individual.

“The Celtics player, who is not exhibiting symptoms, has been in isolation for several days and will continue to do so while being monitored by team medical staff,” per team’s statement. The announcement was made just right after the reports that three members of the Sixers organization caught the coronavirus but it was not clarified whether the infected people are the team’s players or not.

Los Angeles Lakers also reported that two of their players tested positive for COVID-19 but the identities were not disclosed. The Denver Nuggets also announced that one of their members was diagnosed with the virus but it was not revealed whether it is a player or not.

Utah Jazz’ Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Piston’s forward Christian Wood, and four Brooklyn Nets players were the confirmed cases of coronavirus – including the reports that one of the four Nets players that got the disease was their injured All-Star Kevin Durant.

Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 08: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden on March 08, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: Omar Rawlings/Getty Images