So this news broke at 2:32 per Shams. Deandre Ayton was missing today's nearly must-win game for the Suns because he missed his coronavirus test. Rules are rules. He could rejoin the team when the results came back. Well, let's fast forward literally 5 minutes:
5 minutes later! And now he's racing to the stadium mid-game because the Suns/Thunder tipped off at 2:30. Here's how I like to imagine Ayton getting there:
This is straight out of an AAU game. Any person that has played AAU hoops knows exactly what I'm talking about. Ayton shows up like 15 minutes after tip, pulls a random jersey out of his bag or even better is handed one by a coach. He drops 30/10 on you, you lose a pool play game and then 2 days later he's playing in the winners bracket on another roster. A tale as old as time in the AAU world.
Bubble life, man. We're getting stories you couldn't ever have imagined. This is just another one. I can't wait to see what time Ayton checks into the game. The Suns are on fire in the bubble and Ayton has been really fucking good. They are just a game back of the Blazers in the 9 spot and the play-in game.
UPDATE: He's at the arena