Miami Heat reportedly close practice facility after 2nd COVID-19 positive

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In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, “Let’s Go Heat” is displayed on t-shirts in the stands as the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies practice before an NBA basketball in Miami, Fla. There’s a clear desire for basketball to resume but, perhaps mindful of how rushing back too quickly hurt other leagues around the world, the NBA seems to be taking very cautious baby steps back to the court. | AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File

The NBA’s Miami Heat have halted workouts at their practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena after a second player tested positive for coronavirus, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

The newspaper reported that the team will continue to test players on an every-other-day basis at the arena before departing on July 8 for Orlando, where the NBA is to resume play in a quarantine setting.

However, the Heat will no longer conduct individual training sessions for players at the facility.

The Heat did not identify the latest player to test positive, but the Sun Sentinel reported he was part of the team’s primary rotation.

Miami joins the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers as teams that have recently halted individual workouts at their training facilities after positive test results.

Teams aren’t allowed to begin team workouts until clearing quarantine in the “bubble” at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The season is scheduled to resume on July 30 with 22 teams jockeying for position in the 16-team playoffs that start August 17.

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