Basketball coaches frequently preach playing as a team. The French basketball club Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez might have taken that a step too far.
Every member associated with the Elan Béarnais senior team — 11 players and four coaches — have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Sportando. A COVID cluster was identified within the club on Sept. 28, and all contract trace tests were done on Oct. 2 before the return of the full slate of positive tests.
Sportando goes on to report that there is concern with Elan Béarnais of positive tests within their youth teams, as well. The players who tested positive last Monday are supposed to receive new tests today as part of the LNB (Ligue Nationale de Basket) COVID safety protocols. Operations for both the senior and youth teams are suspended while those who have tested positive are appropriately supervised.
“Elan Béarnais is all the more united and wishes to see the entire group as soon as possible back in action,” the team announced in a news release Monday.
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Elan Béarnais competes in the LNB Pro A series in France, the top level of professional basketball in the country. They are nine-time champions of the French domestic league who have also competed frequently in larger European competitions. Elan Béarnais began this season with a 1-1 start, playing on both Sept. 22 and Sept. 26 before they began seeing the COVID cluster and suspended team operations.
The Élan Béarnais roster currently features two players who played collegiately in the United States: Arizona State’s Shannon Evans II and Dayton’s Vincent Sanford. They also feature former Denver Nuggets draft pick Petr Cornelie and start a 19-year-old point guard in Gerald Ayayi, who will be NBA Draft-eligible in 2023. Multiple current and former NBA players spent part of their career playing for Elan Béarnais, including Boris Diaw, Alexis Ajinca, Travis Leslie, Ian Mahinmi and Elie Okobo.
The LNB has postponed Elan Béarnais’s Sept. 28 game against Le Mans until further notice. It’s likely that Elan Béarnais’s game scheduled for Oct. 12 against Monaco also will be rescheduled.
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