By Jerry Wein
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Sixers Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been ruled out for tonight’s NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta, the league has announced.
The two had contact with a barber, who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN says.
The barber, located in the Philly area, tested positive after undergoing additional testing today because of an inconclusive positive test, sources said.
Embiid is on Team Durant, while Simmons is on Team LeBron.
“Prior to traveling to Atlanta, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had contact with an individual who is confirmed today to have tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, Embiid (Team Durant) and Simmons (Team LeBron) will not play in tonight’s NBA All-Star Game,” the NBA said in a statement.
“Participation for other All-Stars and members of the 76ers coaching staff in Atlanta is not affected because they were not exposed to the individual in Philadelphia.”
Embiid and Simmons traveled to Atlanta on last night night in private planes and have remained in quarantine, which was the protocol for every All-Star participant.
The NBA has feared an outbreak involving the league’s best players in Atlanta and taken significant precautions to isolate the players on the way in and out of Atlanta for the game.