Australian teen star Josh Giddey has joined the Oklahoma City Thunder’s long list of players and staff out of action under the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Giddey, who leads the Thunder in rebounds and assists, is likely to miss at least the next three games in Oklahoma City’s program.
The 19-year-old was put under health and safety protocols today along with head coach Mark Daigneault and veteran teammate Derrick Favors, according to an ESPN report.
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With Giddey and Favors out of action, they now join Darius Bazley, Tre Mann, Alexei Pokusevski and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl as the six current Thunder players under COVID-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, the NBA and its Players Association yesterday agreed on a major overhaul of their COVID-19 health protocols amid rising outbreaks among teams across the league.
The past two weeks in the NBA have seen more than 170 players go into the NBA’s health and safety protocols, where individuals have been forced to miss at least 10 days before testing out of quarantine.
NBA superstars – Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, LaMelo Ball – are just a small number of high-profile players who have missed longer periods this month due to team outbursts.
According to revised protocols, players can now quarantine after six days, as long as COVID-19 test data can prove that they are no longer at risk of becoming contagious.
Outbreaks have crippled almost every team in the competition, with teams like Oklahoma City, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston, Brooklyn, Minnesota, Orlando and Portland currently all missing six or more players due to COVID-19 protocols.
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