No Covid-19 cases in latest National Basketball Association check

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton left looks at the scoreboard during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday Dec. 29 2019 in Denver

The first set of games tips off on July 30 featuring a game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz followed by a match between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA reportedly wants to take it easy on teams not just because of time away, but also because some clubs do not yet have full rosters.

The league announced on Monday the latest results from its COVID-19 testing and reported zero confirmed positive tests of the 346 players tested inside the bubble in Orlando, Florida during the past week. All teams are expected to play three games before the regular season resumes July 30.

"Of the 346 players tested for COVID-19 on the National Basketball Association campus since test results were last announced on July 13, zero have returned confirmed positive tests", they said in a joint statement. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on August 18th. None of the 1,106 individuals tested between July 18-19 were "newly confirmed positive" for the coronavirus, it said. Players who have tested positive have stayed away from the bubble, and are not allowed in until they are clear.

Richaun Holmes of the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets player Bruno Caboclo both violated the NBA's bubble protocols and were placed in quarantine earlier this month, according to statements obtained by CNN. Monday's news doesn't guarantee complete success, but it does demonstrate that the bubble is off to a good start at least.