Miami Heat starters Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn could be involved in the team’s scrimmage against the Utah Jazz on Saturday after both returning to practice post a quarantine in the NBA’s Orlando bubble.
The players did not make the short trip with the team for undisclosed reasons but, per ESPN, they’ve confirmed having tested positive for COVID-19. The publication reports that Adebayo claimed to be mostly asymptomatic while Nunn said he experienced symptoms similar to the common cold. They both rejoined their teammates this week.
“I was pretty much fine the whole time,” Adebayo pointed out. “It’s a crazy thing because somebody could be asymptomatic and then the next person – you don’t know what it could do to their body.”
Head coach Erik Spoelstra said the pair could play in both of Miami’s remaining scrimmages and be ready for the start of the regular season fixtures.
“They feel like they’ve been out long enough,” Spoelstra was quoted as saying. “So they basically ignored me and jumped on the court whenever they could. But it was great to have everybody out there — and practice, you can imagine the level of spirit that the guys brought. After 10 practices, this being our 11th, it was just a perfect time for that kind of infusion of energy and spirit from those two guys.”