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Celtics' Marcus Smart and 2 Lakers Players Join List of NBA Players Who've Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

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By Zachary Holt

The NBA has added to the list of players who have tested positive for the coronavirus amid the outbreak including the Celtics star, Marcus Smart, and two unnamed Los Angeles Lakers players. Previous players to be diagnosed with the virus include Rudy Gobert, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving.

Last week, Smart took to social media to make the announcement that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 strain, while also urging people to take the viral pandemic seriously. Additionally, the Celtics' shoot guard encouraged people to practice 'social-distancing' and 'self-quarantining'.

Smart Shares with People on Social Media That He's Tested Positive

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"I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive," the NBA player said on social media. "I’ve been self-quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP."

Smart also admitted that he was asymptomatic and overall, 'felt great', but still encouraged people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, citing this crisis not a joke. To not care about the wellbeing of others during this time was 'selfish', he enunciated in the social media post.

The Celtics' Shooting Guard Encouarges People to Take the Pandemic Seriously

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"But the younger generation in our country MUST self distance," Smart wrote on Twitter. "This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!"

The Celtics' shooting guard later posted a video where he echoed similar sentiments about taking the pandemic seriously and social-distancing from other people to mitigate the virus's spread. "What’s up everyone," he said in the video. "So I just found out I tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m okay, I feel fine, I don’t feel any of the symptoms."

'I Can't Stress Enough Practicing Social Distancing and Keeping Yourself Away From Large Groups...'

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"But I can’t stress enough practicing social distancing and really, you know, keeping yourself away from a large group of people," Smart continued in the video post. "And really washing your hands and help protect yourself and help protect others by protecting yourself. Thank you."

On Thursday, two Los Angeles Lakers players also tested positive for the coronavirus, a team statement said, although, the organization failed to disclose the names of the players. It is believed that they contracted the COVID-19 infection from contact with several Brooklyn Nets players who, themselves, have tested positive.

Two Los Angeles Lakers Players Test Positive for the Coronavirus

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As a precautionary measure, all staff, coaches, and players for the Lakers are being required to 'self-quarantine' in the event that the virus has spread beyond the two players who tested positive. With the duo being asymptomatic, it's currently unknown who within the organzation might have the virus.

"All players and members of the Lakers staff are being asked to continue to observe self-quarantine and shelter at home guidelines, closely monitor their health, consult with their personal physicians and maintain constant communication with the team," the team said in a statement.

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