Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons may not be able to play Sunday’s All-Star game in Atlanta due to coronavirus contact tracing issues, said 76ers coach Dock Rivers.
If allowed to play, Embiid will be the starter of Team Durant, coached by Rivers. Simmons is a spare for Team LeBron. According to Rivers, the NBA and 76ers learned about the situation on Saturday night and the league was in the process of deciding what to do next on Sunday.
“I would say it doesn’t look good,” Rivers said.
Those who knew the situation told The Associated Press that their contacts had undergone regular COVID-19 inspections and had contact with barbers working with Embiid and Simmons. Both Embiid and Simmons have recently seen barbers and are continuing negative tests, a person who spoke to AP on Sunday on condition of anonymity said because their details were not released.
In past cases where problems were detected by contact tracing, the player was cleared when COVID-19 returned negative on a subsequent test of a suspected positive person.
Athletic and ESPN first reported that Embiid and Simmons’ status was suspicious in the match on Sunday.
Many NBA players missed a few days this season after contact tracing issues. This means that the player has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA goes through the process of determining if a player has been published. It may take a day or more for a player to determine how long they need to be quarantined and leave the team.
Philadelphia, who made the breakthrough at the Eastern Conference, will open the second half of the season on Thursday in Chicago.
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Embiid, Simmons may miss an all-star game in contact tracing
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