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Three players for Team USA tested positive for Covid-19

The USA basketball team will be without three players for the remainder of the Olympic training camp for Covid-19 related reasons. There is no reason to believe that concern goes past those players.

"I think we all know the pandemic is not over yet," U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. "That goes without saying. Everybody has to still be vigilant and careful."

A person with knowledge of the situation said the three players involved in the virus related reason were Immanuel Quickley of the New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets teammates P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges. The anonymous person, who spoke to The Associated Press wanted to remain anonymous because neither the USA Basketball team or the players revealed names publicly. The person said one of the three had tested positive for COVID-19 and the two others were being held out over possible exposure concerns. The person did not reveal which player tested positive.

This news came on the same day that Olympic organizers and Japanese government officials revealed a state of emergency in response to rising virus numbers. They decided to ban fans from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas for the games that begin in two weeks.

The U.S. Olympic team practiced for a third consecutive day Thursday with the remaining members of the select team taking part in that workout. Players on both the Olympic team and the select team, a group of 17 players that were brought in to scrimmage and practice against the Tokyo-bound club are tested daily.

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