Wildcats players hit by COVID-19 in NBL

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The Perth Wildcats have become the latest NBL club to be hit with COVID-19, with coach Scott Morrison saying it would be better if his entire squad caught the virus all at once.

The Wildcats are isolating in Tasmania after several players tested positive to COVID-19 using a Rapid Antigen Test.

The club is now awaiting the results of the more accurate PCR tests.

Friday night's game against the Adelaide 36ers has already been postponed and it remains to be seen whether the Wildcats will be able to front up on the new date of January 12 in Adelaide.

Morrison says if the PCR tests do show his players are COVID positive, then it would be better for everyone to get it at once.

"At the grocery store I made everyone lick the handles of the trolleys to see if we could just get it done," Morrison said.

"No, I'm obviously kidding. I don't want to make light of the situation, but it's just the world we're in right now in sports. Everyone is dealing with it.

"It's everywhere, it's very contagious this strain of the virus, so it was inevitable that it would happen.

"I think we just do our best to avoid it. But at the end of the day, if you're going to get it, it's almost better for everyone just to get it at the same time.

"I'd rather no one get it, but if it's going to happen, at least you can keep your team together in the same place on the same schedule."

Morrison is worried about the team's trip to Adelaide next week, given South Australia has a much stricter interpretation of who a close contact is.

It means if there's even just one player who tests positive while in Adelaide, the whole team could be deemed a close contact.

"This thing might show up 24, 36 or 48 hours later, so even if you test negative in Tasmania you might catch a positive test in Adelaide," Morrison said.

"Then you're stuck there for 10 days to 14 days and the team is separated.

"We have a pretty decent situation here (in Tasmania) all things considered. If you're going to get stuck quarantining somewhere, I'd rather be here than Adelaide."

The Wildcats sit on top of the ladder with a 5-1 record.

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