After testing positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and making the decision to join Twitter in a move to amplify the reach of his voice and foundation, Malcolm Brogdon today put the social media platform to use announcing his readiness for Orlando.
Thanks to everyone who's asked how I'm feeling. I'm feeling well, and I'm ready for Orlando. pic.twitter.com/mKOFekAeZ5— Malcolm Brogdon (@MalcolmBrogdon7) July 8, 2020
Confirming the positive result via an issued statement on June 24, the 27-year-old point guard was among the first NBA players to be specifically identified with the virus during Phase 1 of the league’s restart plan.
In order to be cleared to fly to the bubble, previously infected players have to produce two negative tests. Once at Disney World, the team will still have to go through extensive quarantine protocols, isolating in their hotel rooms at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa for 36-48 hours after touching down in Orlando. From there, if all goes well and everyone passes multiple tests, the Pacers will be able to resume full-team workouts and practices for the first time since the league’s shutdown, with their first scrimmage scheduled for July 23 against the Portland Trailblazers.
Of course, given that a few players, including Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince, have been forced to sit out the league’s restart plan due to symptoms, the main overarching takeaway here is that Brogdon is healthy and, hopefully, won’t experience any long-term effects from having contracted the virus.
Without Oladipo, and assuming he can round back into form after recovering from a quad muscle injury, Indiana’s surgical point guard with the calm, cool demeanor will most likely be expected to resume his prior role as the primary driver of Indiana’s offense in partnership with Domantas Sabonis.
According to the NBA’s staggered travel schedule, the Pacers will leave for Orlando tomorrow, where Brogdon — as well as others on the team — hope to draw attention to causes for social justice while calling for change.