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SAITAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 08: Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Adam Silver speaks during a press conference prior to the preseason game between Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors at Saitama Super Arena on October 08, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. 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 Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

16 of the 302 NBA players administered COVID-19 tests on June 23 have tested positive for the virus, the NBA confirmed in a statement Friday. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the figure.

“Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician,” the NBA’s statement read.

The league’s statement (obviously) didn’t name the 16 players who tested positive, but it’s become almost public knowledge at this point thanks to their relatively open approach to the topic. Among the notable players to test positive this week: Denver’s Nikola Jokic and the Pacers’ Malcolm Brogdon. The Sacramento Kings were hit with three positive tests involving players this week, with Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker, and Alex Len all testing positive.

The Celtics, who will begin their restart on July 31 against the Bucks, have not been hit with a positive test in this latest round of testing (or if they have it has yet to come out), but they certainly had their own brush with Marcus Smart’s positive test back in March.

Speaking on a conference call on Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver didn’t run from the almost unavoidable status of the virus that’s ravaged the United States to date, and hitting Florida (the site of the NBA’s bubble) harder than most.

“We are left with no choice but to learn to live with this virus,” said Silver. “No options are risk-free right now. We can’t sit on the sidelines indefinitely. We must adapt.”

To that point, Silver repeatedly mentioned his confidence in the NBA’s restart plans (which will get real when teams report to Orlando in two weeks), and the amenities and protections that will be afforded to them in the Disney World bubble. But Silver did acknowledge the possibility of a massive outbreak potentially forcing the league to abandon their plans to crown a champion.

“If we were to have significant spread of coronavirus throughout the community, that ultimately might lead us to stop it,” Silver admitted. “We’re not saying full steam ahead no matter what happens.”

The NBA is scheduled to begin their eight-game season restart in Orlando on July 30 and begin the 2020 postseason on Aug. 17.

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