Coronavirus NBA Update: Rockets Coach Mike D'Antoni Donates $100,000 to COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni is the latest high-profile figure in the NBA to dig into his own pockets and help local communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The 68-year-old and his wife, Laurel, donated $100,000 to a Houston-based COVID-19 Recovery Fund and urged the public to pull together.

"The city of Houston, everybody right now is in the same boat," D'Antoni told Mark Berman of Fox 26.

"We're trying to help out where we can. When you go to war, you go to war. The whole community has to band together and do what we can do."

Since the outbreak began, a number of NBA players and teams have made financial contributions to support their local communities.

Last week, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife, Ayesha, committed to donating one million meals to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for children in the Oakland Unified School District.

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine also supported a local food bank, pledging to donate 12,500 meals to people in need in Seattle via Feeding America, which helps more than 40 million Americans each year, including 12 million children.

Elsewhere, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2019 first overall draft pick Zion Williamson and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love each donated $100,000 to workers at their respective home court arenas who face layoffs or furloughs while the NBA suspends its season indefinitely.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have set up a fund to cover $1.4 million worth of wages for 1,000 arena workers.

The Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, and Washington Wizards have also all pledged to help arena workers until the season resumes and the league is working in partnership with them.

The Rockets last played on March 10, a day before the NBA suspended the season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first player to test positive for COVID-19. A further 13 players and team members have tested positive since, including Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, while Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to also have tested positive.

Last week, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets both announced members of their organizations had tested positive to COVID-19, but neither team confirmed whether any of their players were affected.

On the same day, two Los Angeles Lakers players and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart were also confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.

So far, the Rockets have escaped the outbreak unscathed. Earlier this week, ESPN reported that the franchise has asked its players to take their temperatures as soon as they wake up and text a photo to Keith Jones and Jason Biles, the team's vice president of basketball operations and the athletic trainer respectively.

As of Friday morning, the U.S. has overtaken China as the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with almost 86,000 cases reported—the highest tally in the world.

Almost 1,300 deaths have been recorded in the U.S. and 753 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

Over 24,000 people have died globally since the outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There are over 533,000 cases globally, with almost 123,000 recovered.

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Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets in action during the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 2 in New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty