Zion Williamson Re-Enters NBA Bubble; Quarantine Begins!
New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson returned to the NBA campus on Friday night. Read on…
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CelebNSports247.com reports that Zion Williamson initially left the bubble in Orlando, Florida, on July 16 to tend to a family medical emergency.
Now, New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson re-enters the NBA quarantine period before he can rejoin the team.
Shams Charania, NBA Insider/Writer/Analyst for The Athletic and Stadium, reports:
Pelicans’ Zion Williamson has returned to Orlando NBA Campus tonight.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 24, 2020
Williamson said in a statement released by the team:
My family and I appreciate the love and respect that everyone showed us while we dealt with a private family matter. I’m excited to rejoin my team in Orlando and look forward to getting back on the court with my teammates after quarantine.
While Williamson was away with his family he was tested for COVID-19 and remained negative. This should mean that his quarantine period should be only for four days.
However, the NBA has not made an official announcement on its end yet.
NBA protocol on exit and reentry.
It reads as follows:
if a player leaves for an extended absence but undergoes a daily PCR test and returns a negative test result for at least the seven days preceding his return to campus, then the player’s quarantine on the campus will be four days (subject to extension by a consulting infectious disease physician designated by the NBA for the case).
If Williamson has to quarantine for only four days, he would be available to play on Thursday against the Utah Jazz.