The NBA continues to venture into the unknown with regards to how to handle the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday’s episode of The Woj Pod, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tried to answer questions about a potential resumption of the NBA season, but he wasn’t able to provide much clarity.
Wojnarowski said that the league “would like to play some more regular season games” if the season comes back from suspension, since those games would benefit regional TV networks and potentially impact postseason standings. However, he acknowledged that the league could immediately restart with the playoffs when he said, “I don’t think anything is off the table.”
Wojnarowski sounded most definitive when he said that there would likely be no NBA draft combine this year, given the high volume of players and team executives present at such an event. It’s worth noting that the Clippers do not own their 2020 first-round pick, since they sent it to New York in the Marcus Morris trade.
The league is prepared to hold a call on Tuesday with the commissioner and team governors to continue to address the situation. The Clippers have been mostly silent on social media during the hiatus, but we do know that Lou Williams continues to play Monopoly every night. We also know that he had to cancel his annual Memorial Day Party in Atlanta due to the CDC’s guidelines about gatherings of more than 50 people.
On to the links:
- The NBA has provided instructions for anyone coming into team facilities while the league is suspended.
Memo to teams this a.m. has instructions for taking temp of everyone entering team facilities (if teams wish):— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) March 16, 2020
* people waiting to have temp checked should remain 6+ feet apart
* any temp 100.4+ is considered fever
* Those with fever should leave facility pending further tests
- Donovan Mitchell was on Good Morning America on Monday and emphasized the importance of isolation even when asymptomatic.
- Basketball leagues in Asia are beginning to resume play, but questions remain about the viability.
- NBA players will not be drug tested during the hiatus.
- Many NBA franchises have put in plans to pay part-time workers for games missed, and now CBS Sports has agreed to pay all technicians and utilities who were scheduled to work during March Madness.
- Jamal Crawford shared the backstory of his iconic between-the-legs pass to Blake Griffin’s windmill dunk.