Marcus Smart, 2 Lakers join list of NBA players who have tested positive to deadly virus

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CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 25: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics looks on after being defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Six of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

At least three more NBA players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Celtics shooting guard Marcus Smart announced on Twitter Thursday that he has tested positive for the respiratory virus, urging his fans and followers to practice social distancing to stall the spread.

“I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive,” the athlete wrote alongside a video. “I’ve been self-quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP.”

Smart said that he has “had no symptoms” and that he feels “great.”

“But the younger generation in our country MUST self distance,” he added in another tweet. “This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!”

“What’s up everyone,” Smart said in the brief video he shared along with the tweet. “So I just found out I tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m okay, I feel fine, I don’t feel any of the symptoms.”

“But I can’t stress enough practicing social distancing and really, you know, keeping yourself away from a large group of people,” he added. “And really washing your hands and help protect yourself and help protect others by protecting yourself. Thank you.”

I’ve had no symptoms and I feel great. But the younger generation in our country MUST self distance. This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!

Two Los Angeles Lakers players have also tested positive, the team said in a statement on Thursday. The statement did not disclose the names of the players who tested positive.

Both “are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician,” the statement said.

The two Lakers were exposed to the virus during their game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 10, according to the statement. The game was just one day before the NBA announced it was suspending the rest of the season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert became the first player to test positive for COVID-19.

Four Nets players have tested positive since then.

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