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New York mayor criticizes NBA teams for having preferential access to coronavirus tests

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Less than a day after it was confirmed four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for COVID-19, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement condeming the league for receiving quick access to the testing kits over those in need.

“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. Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick.” said De Blasio, lashing out at the NBA and the wealthy for receiving preferential treatment.

The NBA has since responded, defending their access to the test kits since they are in a unique situation where they come into contact with a lot of people.

“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,”  said NBA spokesperson Mike Bass in a statement. 

Hopefully, by these players choosing to make their rest 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.”

So far, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Christian Wood, and Kevin Durant are among the eight confirmed cases of NBA players having conoravirus to this date.

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Kyrie Irving fined $50K, will forfeit over $800K in salary after attending maskless party

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Kyrie Irving will be paying a huge price due to his latest off-court antics.

It has been confirmed that the Brooklyn Nets star will be fined
$50,000 by the NBA for violating coronavirus safety protocols by attending his sister’s birthday party without wearing a mask.

During COVID-19 times, the league is not allowing to go to bars/clubs or any social gatherings that includes 15 or more people.

As for all the games he voluntarily decided to miss for “personal reasons”, he will forfeit $816,898 in salary.

Despite all the controversy he has caused, he appears to be on the verge of returning to the team. According to reports, he is expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Orlando Magic assuming he continues to test negative for COVID-19 leading up to the day.

It will also be the debut of newly acquired superstar James Harden, who was traded to the Nets earlier this week.

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Markelle Fultz out for season after tearing his ACL

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The Orlando Magic cannot catch a break.

The team confirmed that starting guard Markelle Fultz will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn left ACL during their 105-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Fultz, who was selected first overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, had overcome a rocky start to his career and worked his way to becoming a solid player since being traded from the Philadelphia Sixers to the Magic a couple seasons back.

He had signed a three-year $50 million contract extension this offseason, and had started off the 2020/21 campaign averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds through seven games.

Despite the rough news, Fultz was in high spirits and expressed confidence in the team following the game.

“God has a plan for me and I know that this adversity will only make me stronger in the end…I believe in my brothers on this team and we have so much more to prove,” said Fultz on his Twitter account.

“To all the fans. keep riding with us. I’m going to approach this recovery with all my heart and be the best teammate I can be to this organization. Faithful to the grind.”

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WATCH: Steph Curry GOES OFF for career-high 62 points

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The Golden State Warriors might be a shell of their dominant selfs, but they still have Steph Curry. And the superstar went off in a big way during the team’s 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

The 32-year old scored a career-best 62 points on 18 of 31 shooting (8 of 16 from deep) to go along with five rebounds and four assists.

He became the second oldest player to score over 60+ in a single game. The oldest was Kobe Bryant, who dropped 60 in his final NBA game back in April 13, 2016.

Check out some of the highlights above.

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