Jabari Parker Tests Positive for Coronavirus Amid NBA’s Surge in Cases

Jabari Parker

As coronavirus rates continue yo surge in Florida, Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

The revelation came on the final day for players to inform teams if they do not plan to participate in the season restart.

Despite his diagnosis, Parker is set to join his team in Orlando.

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“Several days ago I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain,” Parker said.

“I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”


Jabari Parker was traded along with Alex Len from the Atlanta Hawks to the Kings for Dewayne Dedmon back in February.

He was only with the Kings for about a month before play was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parker is averaging 14.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in his fifth season.

The 6-foot-8 forward has also played for the Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks.

The Kings currently sit in the 11th spot with a 28-36 record.

Florida set a new one-day record with more than 5500 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Teams are scheduled to arrive in Orlando July 7–9.