Nets Forward Taurean Prince Tests Positive, Won’t Play In Orlando

In another major blow to the depleted Nets, forward Taurean Prince has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and will not play in Orlando, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets.

Brooklyn has been devastated by injuries, illness and defections as teams head to Orlando for the league’s restart. Earlier on Tuesday, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie revealed he wouldn’t rejoin the team after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.

A handful of other Nets players were ruled out in earlier weeks. Superstars Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) won’t participate. Nicolas Claxton (shoulder) is also injured, while Wilson Chandler has decided to sit out for family reasons and DeAndre Jordan opted out after contracting COVID-19.

Prince did not opt out of playing but his late positive test put his chances of recovering in time to return to action in jeopardy, Wojnarowski adds in another tweet. In his first season with the club after being traded last offseason by the Hawks, Prince averaged 12.1 PPG and 6.0 RPG in 64 games.

The Nets now have three open slots for substitute players, Bobby Marks of ESPN notes in a tweet. Brooklyn will have to rely heavily on Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen as the team tries to hold onto a playoff spot during the eight-game seeding round.

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23 thoughts on “Nets Forward Taurean Prince Tests Positive, Won’t Play In Orlando

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Their rotation’s getting shorter every day. All that’s left now is LeVert, Harris, Allen, both Johnson’s, Temple, TLC, Chiozza, Kurucs, and Musa.

  1. Sillivan

    I heard that some young man has virus for 3 weeks and still test negative
    Those young men with negative test are very dangerous

      • x%sure

        Are you saying a second infection can cause false negatives? Not sure if that’s true, but if so, it puts a major hole in restart plans because it admits spreaders.
        The test is an inexact test, so they require negatives on consecutive days to clear the tested.

        The test for immunity though is completely mislabeled… it is a test for antibodies, which in normal viruses does mean immunity. But not necessarily for covid19, which can resist antibodies. Some call it a serology test to try to avoid the controversy. Stuff has to be learned.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Like they ever had a chance. Chance to get out of 1st rd. Just get ready for draft and new coach.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I’m sure he was being sarcastic about the Nets’ chances. It’s basically a given now that Orlando’s a lock for the #7 seed while Brooklyn and the Wizards will compete for the chance to see who gets swept by the Bucks.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        So are Rockets keeping D Antoni. I don’t see the Rockets coming out of west. Or even west finals. He could be what Nets need. Offensive mind who gave Warriors trouble.

  3. the dude

    It’s such a messed up season at this point I honestly hope the nets take it short handed and with half replacement players. That would be the greatest feel good story to come out of 2020 other than flat earth kyrie getting a ring by technicality

  4. DynamiteAdams

    This team is going to look like someone took a G league team and filled it out with Big3 players.

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