NBA All-Star Game: Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are ruled out after contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19

NBA All-Star Game: Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are ruled out after contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19
Eric Hartline – USA Sports Today

Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid And the Ben Simons They were excluded from the 2021 NBA All-Star Game Sunday night after the two players had contact with an individual who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Philadelphia. The league was announced Sunday. With the game only hours away, none of the players in the event will be exchanged. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The person who tested positive was reported to have been a barber used by both Embiid and Simons. After an inconclusive preliminary test, the barber was retested, and the result was also positive.

Embiid and Simmons both traveled to Atlanta on Saturday night, and have since been quarantined in their own rooms. At this point, it’s not entirely clear how long they might need to stay in quarantine. Due to the fact that players from many markets will be playing in the game, the league does not want to take risks.

Embiid was chosen as the start of the annual exhibition for the fourth consecutive season, while Simmons was chosen as the reserve for the third year in a row. In the All-Star draft for the game, Embiid was selected to play for Team Durant, while Simmons was chosen to play Team LeBron. Taking the place of Embiid in the starting line-up of Durant’s team is Zion Williamson, At Wojnarowski.

On Saturday, Embiid announced that it will donate its All-Star earnings to Philadelphia shelters for the homeless.

“Many have faced such difficult times during the epidemic,” Ambed said in a statement. “I felt it was important to provide more support to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. I am constantly grateful for all the support that Philadelphia and the fans have given me not only around the All-Star but throughout my years in the league. I will continue to help in any way I can.”

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The fact that Emped and Simons will be out of action at the event is unfortunate for fans who have been excited to see the best players in Philadelphia compete against the rest of the best players in the league. The Sixers must now hope that their star remains healthy, and they won’t have to miss the regular season when the second half resumes. Philadelphia’s first game after the break is against Chicago Bulls On Thursday, March 11th.

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