New York Notes: Coronavirus, Knicks’ Future, Chandler, Nets

The Knicks aren’t among the eight teams that have been ordered by the NBA to undergo coronavirus testing, tweets Steve Popper of Newsday. Madison Square Garden released a statement today explaining the status of the team and the NHL’s Rangers.

“We have been following the recommendations of local and national health officials and continue to monitor our players closely,” the statement reads. “As of now, with our players remaining asymptomatic, none of them have been tested for COVID-19. We will remain in close contact with health officials and the NBA and NHL.” (Twitter link).

It was revealed yesterday that four members of the cross-town Nets tested positive for the coronavirus, with Kevin Durant the only one who has been identified. As of this morning, 1,339 people in New York City have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

There’s more from New York City:

  • Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic expects a lot of turnover on the Knicks‘ roster during the next three seasons, with RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson the only players likely to remain in New York the entire time. Vorkunov expects Dennis Smith Jr. to be traded during the offseason, possibly for a second-round pick, just to get rid of his contract. The draft lottery will be filled with point guards, so a prospect may be the long-term answer, rather than Frank Ntilikina. An extensive roster turnover could come by the summer of 2021 as the Knicks have four first-round picks over the next two drafts.
  • In the wake of the Nets’ positive tests, Wilson Chandler tweeted that the manager of the building where he lives has asked him to keep away from common areas. “Building manager called me saying ‘Oh, I seen Nets players had the virus. We would like to know your status. And if you could possibly stay out of the lobby etc. We can’t afford to lose our staff,’” Chandler wrote. He adds that she didn’t ask specifically if he had been tested.
  • In case you missed it earlier, the Nets are defending their decision to have the entire team tested for coronavirus, saying some players were showing symptoms and all the testing was done through a private facility.
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7 thoughts on “New York Notes: Coronavirus, Knicks’ Future, Chandler, Nets

    • It’s a sad world when professional basketball players are discriminated against because of the sport and geographical area they play in. If someone is going to have that much hate for a Knick, it should at least be a fan who is upset he wasted so much money on tickets for this season to see a competition between respectable teams. For that it would be unfair to hate the players but at least understandable.

        • Yeah, I was confused what the blurb on Chandler was saying, thinking it was all Knicks notes in this. Also had it in my mind that Chandler should be a Knick again, given his profile as a wealthy but poor basketball player.

  1. x%sure

    You hear Knick-fan posters say, get rid of everyone but x and y, but that’s also what Knicks-fan journalists (Vorkunov^^) say too. Tough environment for a player. There is a new GM though, so perhaps high turnover is inevitable.

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