Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey, along with the rest of the team’s traveling party, was in a 14-day self-isolation to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
That decision came just hours after the NBA season was suspended on March 11, which happened right after the world learned that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
Just four days before Gobert tested positive, he and the Jazz were at Little Caesars Arena, playing against the Pistons.
Out of the 17 people in the traveling party who were tested, forward Christian Wood was the only person to test positive for coronavirus.
“While our self-quarantine has ended, we will continue to practice and stress the importance of following social guidelines laid out by Gov. (Gretchen) Whitmer,” Casey said in a video posted on the team’s Twitter account Thursday afternoon.
So how did Casey completely self-isolate? Pistons.com writer Keith Langlois shed some light on Casey’s plight on Thursday.
When the quarantine first started, Casey stayed in a local hotel so that his kids could continue to go to school. But soon, schools were closed.
From there, Casey moved himself to the lower level of his home, keeping away from his wife and children.
Now that the isolation period is over, Casey is eager to spend some time with his family.
Wood is “fully recovered,” according to his agent and is expected to be completely cleared by doctors on Thursday.
Yahoo! Sports reports that a cameraman who worked in the Jazz locker room at LCA back on March 7 has been hospitalized with the coronavirus. But no other members of the Pistons’ traveling part are known to have tested positive.
A Pistons scout, Maury Hanks, is also hospitalized in Tennessee with COVID-19, the team confirmed early Thursday morning. He has not been near the team or in the team’s headquarters for some time.
Casey credited the Pistons organization, led by owner Tom Gores, vice chairman Arn Tellem, and senior adviser Ed Stefanski, for help players, especially those isolating themselves from the families, during the two-week period.
“Our team doctors from Henry Ford have been unbelievable,” Casey said on Pistons.com. “Arn and Ed and our front office have done a great job keeping people connected. I’ve stayed connected to our coaches and our players. From top to bottom, that helps in times like these. A lot of our players are alone. It’s tough being isolated. It’s important having that connection with each other. Tom providing meals to keep them healthy and well-nourished meant a lot to them and to us.”
Langlois reports that Gores had Plum Market, a team partner, deliver food to players during the isolation.
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Published at Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:55:38 +0000