OFFICIAL: Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons OUT tonight— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) March 7, 2021
Embiid (Team Durant) & Simmons (Team LeBron) will not play in tonight’s NBA All-Star Game.
Participation for other All-Stars and members of the 76ers coaching staff in Atlanta is not affected because they were not exposed@6abc https://t.co/oxjT3BL1YX pic.twitter.com/OONrWplUCz
The barber, located in the Philadelphia area, tested positive after undergoing additional testing Sunday because of an inconclusive positive test, sources said.
Additional test has returned positive for the coronavirus on barber in contact with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, sources tell ESPN. League must make decision still, but it is highly unlikely Embiid and Simmons will be cleared to play today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 7, 2021
Embiid was on Team Durant, while Simmons was on Team LeBron. Though sources said there were no plans to replace Embiid and Simmons on the All-Star Game rosters, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson did take Embiid's place in the starting lineup for Team Durant.
Here is the official announcement from the NBA:
Both Embiid and Simmons traveled to Atlanta on Saturday night in private planes and have remained in quarantine, which was the protocol for every All-Star participant. The NBA has feared an outbreak involving the league's best players in Atlanta and has significant precautions in place to isolate the players on the way in and out of Atlanta for the game.
Shortly before tipoff, Embiid tweeted about the decision.
Looking at those fresh shape-ups and I had to be the one pic.twitter.com/BESWmi01XV— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 8, 2021
Paul George, who was to be teammates with Simmons on Team LeBron, said he isn't in favor of holding the All-Star Game.
"You have situations like we are dealing with today; it's just an unfortunate time in the world where our health and safety should be at the front of the helm," the LA Clippers star said during his All-Star media access on Sunday. "I personally didn't agree with the game, but it is what it is."
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ESPN contributed to this report.