After the Celtics released a statement that a player had tested positive, Smart took to social media to confirm that he was the player, saying he was tested five days ago and has been self-quarantined ever since.
“COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness,” he said in the tweet. “I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP.”
Smart went on to add that he had no symptoms and feels “great.”
More Test Results Are on the Way
While Smart confirmed he is the first Celtic to test positive, this does not mean he will be the only one. The Athletic’s Jay King reported the team is still waiting on additional tests.
Smart joins a potentially growing list of NBA players who have tested positive for the virus, including Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Three other Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive have yet to be revealed, and the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers also reported their own confirmed cases.
Adam Silver Defends Testing NBA Players
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday for testing players who have shown no symptoms of COVID-19, NBA commissioner Adam Silver
“I of course understand his point, and it’s unfortunate we’re at this position as a society where it’s triage when it comes to testing,” Silver said in an interview Wednesday night on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter.’ “And so the fundamental issue is obviously there are insufficient tests.”
De Blasio’s comments came after the Nets reported that three of the four players who tested positive for the virus hadn’t shown any symptoms.
“We wish them a speedy recovery. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested,” he tweeted. “Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick.”
In Wednesday’s interview, Silver said the NBA has been following the recommendations of public health officials.
“Let me begin with the situation in Oklahoma City last Wednesday night,” he continue. “The Utah Jazz did not ask to be tested. The Oklahoma public health official there on the spot not only required that they be tested, but they weren’t allowed to leave their locker room, which was for at least four hours after the game where they had to stay, masks on, in the locker room. They couldn’t leave until the health authorities had tested them.”