KEY POINTS

  • OKC Thunder's COVID-19 test results came out negative
  • OKC used an alternative in testing
  • NBA hopes to raise awareness in following strict protocols

The results of the COVID-19 tests taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s players and staff members were revealed on Wednesday – and it all came out negative, the team announced.

"The Oklahoma City Thunder consulted with infectious disease experts for a recommendation on the players and staff who needed COVID-19 testing based on their exposure at the game on March 11," the announcement read. "All results have come back negative."

"The Thunder will continue to work in coordination with team physicians, public health officials and infectious disease experts, while focusing on the health and safety of everyone in our community."

The Thunder were supposed to play the Utah Jazz on March 11 in OKC before the officials called the match off prior to tip-off as one of the latter’s players – which was eventually revealed to be Rudy Gobert – tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The team took the tests shortly after the suspension of the game – and the league eventually – but clarified the team’s health officials utilized another way to test its members as they took into consideration the seemingly lack of testing kits available in OKC.

"Recognizing the stress on the state of Oklahoma's medical system, the Thunder did not use state resources and chose an alternative path for testing of its personnel," the statement added.

As of posting, a total of seven NBA players are confirmed to be a positive case of COVID-19, including Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell and Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant.

Aware that the nature of what NBA players do is already a risk factor to the spread of the virus, the league wishes the publicly announced test results would serve as a means to raise awareness in strictly following protocols and safety measures.

“Public health authorities and team doctors have been concerned that, given NBA players’ direct contact with each other and close interactions with the general public, in addition to their frequent travel, they could accelerate the spread of the virus,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “Following two players testing positive last week, others were tested and five additional players tested positive. Hopefully, by these players choosing to make their test results public, they have drawn attention to the critical need for young people to follow CDC recommendations in order to protect others, particularly those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.”

Head Coach Billy Donovan and Andre Roberson #21 of the Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coach Billy Donovan and Andre Roberson #21 of the Oklahoma City Thunder Photo: Getty Images | Wesley Hitt