Kings Notes: Parker, Hield, Len, Schedule

The Kings have little to say about a TMZ report that Jabari Parker was playing tennis without a mask Saturday at a park in Chicago, writes Ali Thanawalla of NBC Sports. Parker revealed Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information,” the team said in a prepared statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”

Parker told Ben Stinar of The Big Lead that he has completed his in-house quarantine and was social distancing during the tennis game (Twitter link). Many Kings players have returned to Sacramento to train, but Parker has stayed in his hometown of Chicago, and there’s no official word on when he will join the team, according to Thanawalla. He has appeared in just one game since being acquired from the Hawks at the trade deadline.

There’s more Kings news to pass along:

  • Buddy Hield expects to “be fine by Monday” after testing positive this week, but he’ll have to wait before resuming basketball activities, according to Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. Under NBA guidelines, any player with COVID-19 must stop training for two weeks from the date of the first positive test or the resolution of viral symptoms. Hield said his positive test was last week, while teammate Alex Len tested positive on Tuesday.
  • The Kings got a bad break in their Orlando schedule, Thanawalla observes in a separate story. Seven of the eight games were on their original slate, but a contest against the Pacers has been replaced by another showdown with the Lakers, who have the West’s best record and have already beaten Sacramento twice. However, that game is the season finale, so L.A. may have already wrapped up the No. 1 seed.
  • Jason Jones of the Athletic offers a game-by-game analysis of Sacramento’s schedule as the franchise tries to secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2006. The Kings are three and a half games behind Memphis for the eighth spot and will need to finish ninth – and within four games of the eighth spot – to qualify for a play-in tournament.
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5 thoughts on “Kings Notes: Parker, Hield, Len, Schedule

  1. x%sure

    Two-week mandatory layoff for a positive test?– That’s not scientific. I think getting a negative test or two, whenever that might occur, “legally” determines how long the wait is.

    For a first test in a daily regime, The math says the average wait would be about one week, since on average, a test would catch an infection halfway through it’s lifespan.

    Once they in WDW, and getting daily testing, it can be assumed a positive test is catching an infection cycle at the beginning, and 14 is a safe number of days for a Q. 10 days may be a more likely Q length— the days until negative tests would start occurring (if everything goes well during the Q.).

    • crack raider razor

      People still test positive after not being contagious or having symptoms.

      • x%sure

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        So sometimes false positives can happen, due to the lingering presence of impotent virus fragments.
        But there is a time limit to the danger of transmission, achieved by viral shedding, that is not likely to exceed the 14-day quarantine limit, regardless of what a test says. Supposedly, a person is believed to be done shedding viable whole viruses after 10 days from the first sign of a symptom.

        The NBA could afford a panel to judge if false positives are the case. The CBA requires them already for other purposes.

        I don’t think there’s a test for contagiousness itself available publicly; the 8 or 10 day limit is based on studies made of the virus.

        This will be the case for when there is daily testing, which they should get in Orlando. For a first test such as what has been done lately, well, better be conservative and assign the Q to last 10 days from the start of symptoms.

        But I’m thinking that the testee should be free after the standard qualification of two negative tests, not 14 days as is the bubble/CBA/Orlandok rule.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Kings ain’t going anywhere. They should just focus on next yr. Buddy or Bogda that is the question. It’s good that cap is down. Means Bogdanovic is not getting major offers. Not getting Buddy money that’s for sure. So it’s either Trade Buddy and sign Bogda. Or keep Buddy and sign n trade Bogdanovic. You don’t want to lose him for nothing. You don’t pay a guy 27 mill to come off bench.

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