Phoenix Suns decline comment on reported COVID-19 outbreak during Dallas Mavericks series

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams  cleared the NBA’s COVID protocols in December after missing four games.

By Duane Rankin | Arizona Republic

Phoenix Suns assistant coach Bryan Gates wasn’t on the bench for Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

He might not have been the only who dealing with COVID-19 at the time.

The Athletic reported Wednesday an unnamed Suns player and multiple support staff tested positive for COVID-19 around that time.

The player reportedly tested positive the day after Game 7.

The Republic reported hours after Game 7 Gates was placed in the league’s health and safety protocols. Gates tested positive after Game 6, The Athletic reported, as there were two days between Game 6 and Game 7. 

Suns officials declined to comment or provide a statement on The Athletic report.

Six total individuals, counting the unnamed player, tested positive.

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