NBA's Marcus Smart, Gospel Artist Sandi Patty Test Positive For COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

Former Oklahoma State University basketball standout Marcus Smart has tested positive for COVID-19. The current Boston Celtic confirmed the test result Thursday night via Twitter.

In a video, Smart says he has been self-quarantined since he took the test five days ago and told fans, "COVID-19 must be taken with [sic] the highest of seriousness."

Smart joins Kevin Durant and three unidentified Brooklyn Nets players, Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood, two unidentified Los Angeles Lakers and three members of the Philadelphia 76ers organization as NBA players and staff known to have tested positive for the virus.

The Athletic reported Thursday that the NBA is shutting down all team training facilities to staff and players starting Friday to mitigate the coronavirus situation.


Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty is among the 44 Oklahomans to test positive for COVID-19. The 64-year-old is Crossings Community Church's Artist-in-Residence. The Grammy Award-winning musician said she had been traveling and began to feel unwell after returning to Oklahoma City on March 7-8. Since then, she says she has since only been around her husband, Don Peslis.