Pistons' Dwane Casey Was 'Very Unhappy' Christian Wood's Coronavirus Test Leaked

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2020

Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood plays during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said he was "very unhappy" news of forward Christian Wood testing positive for the coronavirus became public.

Casey told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan the information was leaked to the media before Wood even had a chance to inform his family.

"Christian was upset his name got out there. He didn't release it. And the worst part was it got out before Christian even had a chance to tell his mom," Casey said Friday. "I was very unhappy about that. I told our staff, 'This is unprofessional. This can't happen again.' It was so unfair to our player."

Wood was one of three NBA players along with Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell to have their positive COVID-19 test made public.

Casey said the entire situation has been a learning experience for Detroit's players.

"These young, healthy guys, professional athletes, they don't think about getting sick," he told MacMullan. "It was a quiet ride on the plane, but nobody seemed really that uptight about whether they had it. It was more that nobody knew when we'd get to play again—or see each other again."

Wood was medically cleared Wednesday after recovering from the coronavirus, per ESPN's Eric Woodyard.

The 2019-20 NBA season is delayed indefinitely because of the pandemic.

Related

    New Details on NBA's Return

    ◾️ Woj: Eight regular season games for seeding ◾️ Shams reveals how a potential play-in tournament would work

    Detroit Pistons logo
    Detroit Pistons

    New Details on NBA's Return

    Adam Wells
    via Bleacher Report

    Jordan Advocated for Player Safety After NBA Hiatus

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Jordan Advocated for Player Safety After NBA Hiatus

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    Tobias Harris Authors 'Players' Tribune' Piece

    'Y’all Hear Us, But You Ain’t Listening'

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Tobias Harris Authors 'Players' Tribune' Piece

    The Players' Tribune
    via The Players' Tribune

    Best Active Player Every Team Gave Up on Too Soon

    The biggest roster regrets for each team 🤦‍♂️

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Best Active Player Every Team Gave Up on Too Soon

    Zach Buckley
    via Bleacher Report