Raptors President Masai Ujiri Tests Positive for COVID-19

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 10, 2021

Toronto, ON- August 18  -   Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri holds a press conference to address his new title, vice-chairman, his new contract, his relationship with Kyle Lowry, and more at the X Hotel on the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. August 18, 2021.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Toronto Raptors vice-chairman and president Masai Ujiri announced Thursday that he's tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Ujiri said in his statement that he is fully vaccinated and has had a booster shot but tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the Giants of Africa gala. He will self-isolate for 10 days. 

On Thursday, both the Raptors and Indiana Pacers canceled their team practices out of "an abundance of caution," per Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols after reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus after Wednesday's 122-102 win over the Knicks.  

Per that report, "With the NBA requiring all teams to test for several days following Thanksgiving, there has been a corresponding spike in entries into the protocols."

LeBron James missed a game after testing positive, though he posted several negative tests in the corresponding days and was able to return quickly, while the Chicago Bulls' Coby White, Javonte Green and DeMar DeRozan have all registered positive tests in the past week and Derrick Jones Jr. has reportedly entered the league's health and safety protocols. 

Four members of the Charlotte Hornets—LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee, and Terry Rozier—have all tested positive. The Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies have multiple players currently out of action due to health and safety protocols. 

The NBA said in late November that it has a 97 percent vaccination rate among its players, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, and that it has seen 34 breakthrough coronavirus cases among fully vaccinated players. The league has recommended that fully vaccinated players receive their booster shots. 

Nearly two years after the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, it remains a major storyline in the NBA.