George Hill on NBA 's new COVID-19 rules—'I'm gonna do what I wanna do'
The Oklahoma City Thunder veteran has questioned the wisdom of going ahead with the season when stricter rules are being implemented.
"They can't tell me I have to stay in the room 24/7. If it's that serious then maybe we shouldn't be playing. It's life. No one's gonna be able to just cancel their whole life for this game. That's how I think about it."
The NBA was the first major league to suspend its season because of the COVID-19 outbreak in March last year and was widely praised for its handling of the pandemic whenproceedings resumed in July in a bio-secure bubblein Orlando, Florida.Sailing hasn't been as smooth since the regular season began in late December, however. Since Sunday, the NBA has postponed five games because of coronavirus-related issues, including the Boston Celtics' home games against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic and the Celtics' road game against the Chicago Bulls.
The Dallas Mavericks' home game against the New Orleans Pelicans was also postponed, as was the Utah Jazz's road game against the Washington Wizards.On December 23, the NBA had postponed the Houston Rockets' home game against the Thunder.The Celtics are just one of the teams that have struggled to have the required minimum of eight players available on game day because of positive tests or contact tracing protocols—the Heat, Mavericks, Bulls, Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers have been hit by similar issues. headtopics.com
As a result, the league has imposed stricter protocols, which also minimize interaction with opposing players before and after the game. The rules, which are in force indefinitely, ban"extended socializing" after games, ruling out the tradition of players mingling with former teammates or friends.
Players are also required to wear a mask at all times they aren't playing, including while on the bench and in the locker room.Although Hill maintained that players were determined to play, he suggested the need for tighter protocols brought into question the wisdom of continuing the season.
George Hill #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dribbles during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 10 in New York City.Sarah Stier/GettyTwo of Hill's teammates, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Al Horford, weighed in on the new protocols.
Like Hill, Horford suggested that theneed for stricter protocolsraised questions about the NBA season."In order for all of this to work we have to continue to cooperate and do the things that are asked of us," he said."We're at a point now that we have to reevaluate or the NBA has to reevaluate and see how everything is going. headtopics.com
Gilgeous-Alexander, meanwhile, sounded more willing to embrace the regulations."It's what's necessary, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of this COVID thing," he said."If it means I have to wear a mask on the bench the whole time, it is what it is and I'm gonna do it. I want to get back to normal living, and whatever it takes to get back, I'm going to do it."
To complicate the picture for the NBA, ESPN reported on Tuesday that"multiple players" who had previously tested positive for coronavirus had recently returned a positive test for a second time.As per the Centers for Disease Control, an individual is defined as being"reinfected" when he or she gets the virus, recovers and then becomes infected again.
As of Wednesday morning, more than 22.8 million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the U.S—the highest tally in the world—according to Johns Hopkins University.More than 1.96 million fatalities have been recorded worldwide, with almost 380,800 of those in the U.S.
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Including give up your game check apparently 😂 We'll see when he's unemployed. They always lose mouth when the money runs out. It figures