Devin Booker took a quick break from his stream to get a COVID-19 test
The NBA began mandatory COVID-19 testing on Tuesday in what is being labeled “Phase 2” of them returning to play in Orlando July 30.
The exact parameters of how they go about things remain unclear, but Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker shed some light on that process.
During a Twitch stream on his channel Thursday, Booker revealed that he was actually getting his latest coronavirus test at his house. Booker said that they are getting the test every two days, and confirmed The Arizona Republic’s Duane Rankin’s report of Suns players testing positive.
Getting the test itself is so quick that Booker got his in-between games streaming “Call of Duty: Warzone” and reacted to it upon his return.
(A warning of foul language in the clips below)
Like the true gamer he is, Book literally got the test done while they queued up. He was gone for less than 5 minutes. Here’s his reaction coming back. pic.twitter.com/p9y5KAY5vm
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) June 25, 2020
In an earlier clip, Booker all but confirmed that he tested negative for a prior test.
Suns players have been able to use the team’s facility, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the past few weeks for individual workouts under a certain set of guidelines.
Individual workouts become mandatory on Monday, and the team departs for Orlando on July 7, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
While undergoing more tests upon arrival, players are asked to self-isolate outside of basketball activities until July 21, a period they are asked to only have brief interactions with others in the hotels. From there, eating meals and doing social activities with others in the hotel while maintaining social distancing will be permitted.
The number of coronavirus cases has continued to rise, particularly in Arizona, where the percentage of positive tests has risen dramatically over the course of June. Orlando, the location of the NBA’s bubble in Walt Disney World, is also one of the cities seeing the most elevated numbers.