LA Clippers star forward Kawhi Leonard said it was inevitable for some players to test positive for COVID-19 even while inside the bubble the NBA set up to keep the league virus-free.
But he remained optimistic that the NBA will still be able to resume live games as most players stick to the guidelines provided.
"There's no surprise to me that somebody got it within the bubble. You bring in so many people from so many cities and states, there's no control over it pretty much," Leonard, who underwent quarantine protocols before joining team activities, said in ESPN.
"But I think we're doing the best that we can. NBA players together. This process, this quarantine, we're doing everything in the guidelines. We do tests everyday, try keep ourselves social distanced from every one."
The league said Monday two players tested positive for COVID-19 since teams began arriving in Orlando, Florida, for the resumption of the league late July.
The NBA said out of 322 players tested at the NBA Campus at Disney World since July 7, two returned positive tests.
But the league assured neither player had cleared quarantine, which would have allowed them to fully enter the NBA's protective "bubble."
Both players have since left the Disney World Campus to isolate at home or at isolation-housing.
"Who knows what's gonna happen? All we can do is try to be optimistic about it and be positive. And hopefully we could finish this season," said Leonard.
The NBA said that since July 1, a total of 19 NBA players had tested positive for the coronavirus during in-market testing.
This includes Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook announced that his positive test came before the Rockets left for Orlando, Florida, where the NBA is attempting to restart its season. -- With a report from Agence France-Presse
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