(New York) On Thursday night, the T-Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns became the latest case of an NBA star player sidelined due to the league’s protocol regarding COVID-19.
Posted on December 23, 2021
Minnesota has seven players sidelined for the reason, including its two leading scorers, Towns, and the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft, Anthony Edwards.
Towns have averaged 24.5 points this season, ranking 12thme in the NBA in this regard.
In January of this year, he said he tested positive for coronavirus.
He missed 13 games for this reason last season.
Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, died of complications from COVID-19 on April 13, 2020. Other members of her family also died from the virus.
Towns recently said he received an extra dose of the vaccine, according to the Star-Tribune from Minneapolis.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Steve Nash, who manages the Nets, said James Harden has been given the green light to return to the game after being benched due to protocol issues.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are among several Nets players not available under this protocol.
Durant is the NBA’s leading scorer this season (29.7).
On Christmas Eve, Brooklyn goes to visit the Los Angeles Lakers.
On the Bulls, coach Billy Donovan said after practice that all of his troops are available. No fewer than 10 Bulls players were on the sidelines last week, related to protocol. Two of their games were also postponed, including one against the Raptors in Toronto.
They were going to host the Raptors on Wednesday, but this time it was the Toronto club that was short on manpower.
Protocol has removed OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent from the list. Precious Achiuwa, Malachi Flynn and Dalano Banton.
Many other computers are affected.
On Thursday, protocol leaves out Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Danny Green, Cade Cunningham, Bradley Beal and Andrew Wiggins, among others.
A source told The Associated Press that talks are underway to lower the minimum time an athlete cannot play after a positive test.
At this point, the procedure often dictates 10 days, or getting two negative tests 24 hours apart.
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