National Basketball Association star Parker played tennis after Covid diagnosis

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

Sacramento Kings small forward Jabari Parker was photographed while playing tennis in his hometown of Chicago, and to make things worse, the former no.2 overall pick was not wearing a mask.

Parker, 25, said in a statement Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 "several days ago" and was isolating himself in Chicago.

It's unclear now when Parker can rejoin the team and how this impacts him joining them in Orlando for the NBA's restart next month.

Parker was one of the 16 National Basketball Association players that were tested positive for the virus earlier this week. "We have no further comment at this time".

Teammate Alex Len also announced Wednesday that he also tested positive for the virus. "I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well".

Note, the command of Alexei Lana got a list of the 13 clubs in the Western conference, who will participate in the restart of the season in the National Basketball Association. "I immediately went into isolation and look forward to when I can get better and join his team-mates to fight for the playoffs". That explanation might not be enough to satisfy the National Basketball Association, but that will likely depend on the exact date of Parker's first positive test, a detail that has not been revealed publicly. Fellow Kings player Buddy Hield also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, though neither the Kings nor Hield have made any announcement. The player must remain in self-isolation until he produces two negative test results more than 24 hours apart and must undergo cardiac screening before he is allowed to resume training.

Parker has appeared in one game with the Kings after he was traded to Sacramento in February after averaging 15 points in 32 games with the Atlanta Hawks this season.

Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee.

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