The NBA’s first known player case of the ”Omicron” Variant was discovered in a recent positive Covid-19 test. The CDC estimates the new variant is now three percent of US cases
After a relatively untroubled start to the season, COVID-19 has returned with the new Omicron variant which spreads more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2, so is the NBA at risk of shutting down again?
The league is currently struggling with a lot of positive cases and games are being postponed. The Los Angeles Lakers cancelled a scheduled practice session on Tuesday after Talen Horton-Tucker tested positive.
Furthermore, some big names like James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap have all tested positive for the virus and are now under Health & Safety protocols.
The NBA announced on Monday that the Chicago Bulls’ games against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and the Toronto Raptors on Thursday have been postponed due to COVID-19, making them the first games of the season to be postponed.