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Bledsoe returns for first practice with Bucks since positive COVID-19 test

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Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe practiced with his teammates Friday for the first time since learning he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Bledsoe had arrived at Walt Disney World Resort for the relaunch of the NBA season on Wednesday, about two weeks after the team got to Florida. Bledsoe said after Friday's practice that he savored getting "back to my sanctuary."

"I got up and down the court," Bledsoe said while wearing a mask throughout his video call session with reporters. "Just touching the basketball, getting a feel for it again, it was pretty fun."

The Bucks play the second of their three scrimmages Saturday against the Sacramento Kings as they prepare for the resumption of the season after a layoff of 4-plus months. Donte DiVincenzo replaced Bledsoe in the starting lineup for the Bucks' first scrimmage, a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Thursday.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said that the team would be patient in working Bledsoe back into action and that they'd see how he progresses over the next several days. The 30-year-old player said he never felt sick during his quarantine.