Malik Monk Tested Positive For COVID-19

Hornets guard Malik Monk is among the NBA players who recently tested positive for COVID-19, head coach James Borrego said today (Twitter link via Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer).

Monk isn’t currently experiencing coronavirus symptoms, but will miss at least several more days of practice, Bonnell notes.

The 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft, Monk hasn’t been the scorer and shooter the Hornets hoped for through his first three NBA seasons, averaging just 8.6 PPG with a .322 3PT% in 191 total games. His 2019/20 season came to an early end when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. He was reinstated from that ban in June.

Although Monk hasn’t been a consistently productive player in Charlotte, he was playing well leading up to his suspension, scoring 17.0 PPG on .457/.350/.851 shooting in his last 13 games (27.9 MPG) of the ’19/20 campaign. He and the Hornets had been hoping to carry over that success to ’20/21, but his coronavirus diagnosis will set him back a little.

The NBA announced on Wednesday that 48 players tested positive for the coronavirus between November 24-30, so there are several other dozen players besides Monk waiting to be medically cleared.

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5 thoughts on “Malik Monk Tested Positive For COVID-19

  1. The Howler

    I was surprised at how many NBA players tested positive. It was way above the general community prevalence. Seems like a lot of players were cavalier about engaging in covid preventative type behaviors.

    • The Human Rain Delay

      Indeed , 9% is double as high as avg for standard public, maybe a little more-
      Entourage more social than actual celebs in most cases tho, lotta cases probably coming in that way for these players

  2. petersdylan36

    Of topic. My wife and I are moving to Charlotte next month. We are moving from Southern California. Born and raised padres fan and clippers fan. Also, always been a fan of the Philadelphia eagles.
    Will still be a padres fan for sure. Eagles fan too.
    But thinking of picking up the hornets permanently and rooting for the panthers when they don’t play the eagles.
    Easy transition from one disappointing nba franchise to another haha. But at least the hornets have some sick mint colored city jerseys.

    • El Don

      Great comment dude!
      Hope you have a good move & settle well!
      SoCal is a great place but so is NC, lots of beautiful places around, specially in the coast, great food & culture!
      BTW seems a good choice to move from LAC to CHA, with LaMelo, Graham & PJ the future looks a lot brighter than the Clips!

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