Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has decided to not participate in the Bubble restart as he has been tested positive for a second time for coronavirus.
Spencer Dinwiddie is the latest player to announce that he won’t be participating in the NBA restart in Orlando. The Nets guard tested positive for a second time for coronavirus on Monday.
Dinwiddie positive for coronavirus again
Dinwiddie took to twitter to announce that he will not be participating in Bubble restart, as he tested positive for coronavirus for a second time. He said that it will be in the best interest of the team and for himself as well, but he will cheering them the Nets on from the outside.
After another positive test yesterday and considering the symptoms, @BrooklynNets, team doctors and I have decided that it would be in the best interest for me and the team that I do not play in Orlando. I will be supporting the guys every step of the way! #AudienceOfOne
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) July 7, 2020
There was optimism that Dinwiddie would recover in time to join the Nets before they left Brooklyn for the Orlando area Tuesday.
Dinwiddie tweeted Sunday that his sinus-pressure headaches when he stood up were “starting to subside,” but he “got dizzy and felt weak” while working out on a bike.
“But if I can get a negative test tomorrow then they’re gonna get me back on the court Tuesday,” he added.
But now after being tested positive for a second time, he has decided to rule himself out.
Shams Charania of The Athletic tweeted saying that the Nets team doctors decided to have Dinwiddie sit out of an “abundance of caution.”
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2020
What does it mean for the Brooklyn Nets?
The Nets currently sit in 7th spot in the eastern conference with a record of 30-34 this season.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving also opted out of participating in the NBA Bubble. Both the Nets All-stars weren’t able to recover from their respective injuries.
They will hopefully make the playoffs but without Dinwiddie, Durant, and Irving they won’t be able to go deep into the playoffs.
Dinwiddie is the third player Nets player along with DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler to opt-out of the bubble restart due to coronavirus related issues. Jordan tested positive just like Dinwiddie and Chandler opted out to be with his family.
Nets will be without 5 of their players in Orlando.
Dinwiddie will be missed at the Bubble, as he has been the Nets best player this season averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game.