The Milwaukee Bucks closed their training center “after receiving the results of a series of coronavirus tests on Friday,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Wojnarowski said the Bucks should keep the facility closed until they head to Orlando, Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season.
ESPN Tim Bontemps outlined details of the NBA COVID-19 protocol to prepare the “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The process takes place in six phases. Phase 2 started on June 23, when players would be tested for coronavirus every other day. NBA announced that it had recorded nine new positive tests on 344 players from June 24 to 29 and 10 tests of 884 team members from June 23 to 29.
With the start of phase 3 last Wednesday, players had to attend individual training sessions in their respective facilities.
Wojnarowski reported on June 30 that the Denver Nuggets were shutting down because two members of their 35-person travel group were positive for COVID-19. Ethan J. Skolnick from the Five Reasons Sports Network reported that the Miami Heat was making the same move after a positive test was reported.
According to Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets temporarily closed their training center last month. Net stars DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie confirmed tested positive for COVID-19.
The Bucks have the best record in the NBA (53-12) and Giannis Antetokounmpo could potentially win his second consecutive award for Most Valuable Player, making Milwaukee one of the best favorites to win the 2020 final.
Caesars Palace lists the Bucks Championship odds at +275 ($ 100 bet to win $ 275), the second best behind only the Los Angeles Lakers (+180).