When ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski dropped the bomb that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, it was immediately disclosed that the rest of the team was quarantined and set to get tested as well.
Shortly after, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who Utah was scheduled to play on Friday, were quarantined and subsequently tested for the illness. While the NBA landscape digressed and prayed that players emerged unscathed, people began wondering how on earth did the Jazz have so many -- 58 to be exact -- coronavirus tests at the ready?
According to USA Today Sports, Oklahoma officials simply decided it was the right thing to do, and that's inexplicable.
One health official told USA Today that athletes and team employees are deemed "super spreaders," or individuals who often find themselves in direct contact with numerous other people.
Skeptics can rule out the NBA using its financial superiority to obtain so many coronavirus tests, but that provides next to no closure for the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of individuals that have been denied testing simply because there aren't enough to go around.
We wholly understand that professional athletes like Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who later tested positive, are exposed to countless individuals on a daily basis -- often in close quarters -- and therefore carry a greater risk of spreading the disease. However, that shouldn't mean they should be granted testing over the general public, who could spread the disease just as easily.
You could say that we should be ranting about why there aren't enough tests instead of who is or isn't being inspected. That's a fair point, but it would also see this ridiculous storyline slip under the radar.
That would be irresponsible on our part. The tests available should be evenly rationed. We shouldn't be giving nearly 60 to a single NBA team. Come on.