KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Kyle O’Quinn was ineligible to play Monday night in the 76ers’ game against the San Antonio Spurs due to missing Sunday’s COVID-19 testing.
The reserve center was tested on Monday and must wait until Tuesday to get his results. He will be allowed to rejoin the team after receiving a negative test. The Sixers are expected to be off Tuesday before facing the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“Bottom line, without beating it up, it is a learning experience,” coach Brett Brown said before Monday’s game.
The Sixers were also without Mike Scott (knee soreness) and Glenn Robinson III (hip pointer) for Monday’s games against the Spurs.
O’Quinn has averaged 3.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 1.3 assists in 9.9 minutes in 26 games with one start this season. He signed a one-year deal with the Sixers last summer.
Matisse Thybulle’s video diary, “Welcome to the Bubble” is garnering more attention.
Thybulle appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon following Monday night’s game to discuss his documentary series, which provides an inside look at life in the NBA setup at Walt Disney World for the league restart.
Twenty-two of the league’s 30 teams qualified for the restart and arrived here last month to start training camp ahead of the eight seeding games to determine the final standings. There’s potential for a playoff play-in series, followed by the standard four-round playoff.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Billy Donovan are the co-recipients of the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year award, as voted by their fellow NBA coaches. This marks the second straight season that Budenholzer has won the award.