48 NBA Players Test Positive for COVID-19 as 2020-21 Season Prepares to Kick off. On Dec. 2, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association released a joint statement regarding recent COVID-19 testing in the league. Out of 546 players that were tested for COVID-19 from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30, 48 tested positive. . All coronavirus-positive players have been instructed to quarantine in their team’s city until they are “cleared” to leave. . These results are a part of the league’s initial round of player testing, as the 2020-21 regular season is slated to begin on Dec. 22. . Individual workouts officially began on Dec. 1, with the first preseason games scheduled for Dec. 11. . The NBA’s 2020-21 season will not operate in a bubble environment, even though it was highly successful for the previous season. In the bubble, the league was able to finish its season without any players, coaches or staff members testing positive for COVID-19. . On the flip side, the NFL’s bubble-less 2020 season has seen many players sidelined and games rescheduled because of COVID-19.
Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each had 10, and No. 1 Gonzaga rallied to beat No. 11 West Virginia 87-82 on Wednesday night in the Jimmy V Classic
The Houston Rockets traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected, first-round pick in a swap of point guards just weeks before the NBA season begins
Pat Patterson, WWE Legend and First Gay Wrestling Superstar, Dead at 79. The WWE shared news of his death on Dec. 2. . Patterson joined the WWE in the late '70s and became the first Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion in 1979. After later working in the ring and becoming a color commentator for WWE, Patterson retired in 1984. He then joined Vince McMahon as a WWE executive and came up with the idea for the Royal Rumble in 1988. In 1996, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Patterson came out as gay in 2014 on an episode of 'WWE Legends' House.'. Many in the wrestling world, including John Cena, took to social media to express their appreciation for Patterson upon hearing the news
Matt Coleman III hit a stepback jumper with 0.1 seconds left to help No. 17 Texas beat No. 14 North Carolina 69-67 for the championship of the relocated Maui Invitational
Kevin Durant is scheduled to make his Brooklyn debut against his former Golden State teammates before the Lakers begin their title defense in an all-Los Angeles matchup with the Clippers in the NBA’s Dec. 22 opening-night doubleheader
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich knows that the NBA schedule and how it comes very close to the start of the rescheduled Tokyo Games will be a challenge for USA Basketball to navigate next year when choosing the 12 players who will try to win a fourth consecutive men’s Olympic gold medal
Jalen Wilson scored 21 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and posted his first double-double to help No. 7 Kansas get past No. 20 Kentucky 65-62 in the Champions Classic