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Should The Wizards Be Concerned With “Cavalier Flu”?

Updated: October 16, 2009
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H1N1, much less the ‘regular’ flu, ain’t no joke. How do we know? Because the media tells us so.

LeBron James, Darnell Jackson, and Coby Karl missed Wednesday’s game against the Wizards with the flu … they weren’t even allowed in the Quicken Loans Arena.

Turns out each of them tested positive for ‘Influenza A’ and are awaiting the results of an H1N1 test.

Also turns out that three Cavaliers who were on the court against the Wizards, Jawad Williams, J.J. Hickson and Andre Barrett, showed flu-like symptoms on Thursday. Hickson and Barrett did not travel with the team to Texas to face the Spurs, Williams did … as reported by Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Twitter, and later in a story by Mary Schmitt Boyer in the same publication.

As you can imagine, there’s a great deal of contact and sweat exchanged during the course of a game. So should the Wizards be concerned?

I talked with a team spokesperson on Thursday evening who said that the team was made aware of the situation and that each of the most recently affected Cavaliers were listed on Thursday’s NBA “injury report.”

The Wizards players are being carefully monitored, which was already being done due to heightened concerns anyway.

None of the Wizards, at least on late Thursday, had any symptoms of the flu. And unless someone shows signs, there’s really nothing that can be done (outside of the current precautionary measures being taken, i.e., there’s no sense in for extra, possibly unneeded medication).

Coincidentally, Thursday was ‘Global Handwashing Day’ (via Wikipedia) … which sounds rather stupid. Shouldn’t we be washing our hands everyday? (And multiple times at that?)

So go do your part … now.

Maybe now, the NBA will really implement a ‘no handshaking rule‘ and not the hoax reported by Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald on October 1st. Wonder why Murphy never caught more sh*t for his false reporting … I wasn’t able to find any follow up from him in my surface web search (and since Boston Herald stories are archived after seven days … whatever).

BTW … when Murphy’s false report came out, it was funny how Cavs fans immediately (and for the most part, facetiously) rushed to the aid of LeBron, declaring that maybe he was right to not shake hands with the Orlando Magic after losing to them in the playoffs. Nope, LeBron is still a d-bag for that.

*Note: “Cavalier Flu” is a term concocted by Brian Windhorst.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.