Report: Kings Cancel Practice, Shut Down Facility Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Adam WellsDecember 16, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 15:  A detailed view of the Sacramento Kings logo at center court at Sleep Train Arena during an NBA basketeball game between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings on December 15, 2015 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings have reportedly shut down their facilities amid concerns about a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings canceled Wednesday's practice and "have growing concerns" they won't be able to play their scheduled game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. 

On Wednesday, Wojnarowski reported the Kings canceled their morning shootaround as they waited to see if there were more positive COVID tests. 

Sacramento played Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards, but Doug Christie served as acting head coach. Interim head coach Alvin Gentry was unable to be with the team after telling Wojnarowski he tested positive for COVID-19. 

There have been growing COVID concerns across the NBA in recent weeks.

The Chicago Bulls had to postpone their games on Dec. 14 against the Detroit Pistons and Dec. 16 against the Toronto Raptors because they didn't have enough players to fill out a team, as many were in the NBA's health and safety protocols. 

Tuesday's game between the Raptors and Brooklyn Nets was in jeopardy because the Nets had seven players enter the health and safety protocols in a 24-hour period. They were able to play the game when Kevin Durant suited up despite being listed as questionable with an ankle injury. 

The Los Angeles Lakers canceled their practice Tuesday when three players were put into protocols. They did play Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. 

Sacramento is in the midst of a three-game homestand that includes upcoming contests against the Grizzlies on Friday and San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.