New NBA protocols make life tough for teams, players

New NBA protocols make life tough for teams, players
The NBA logo at center court is shown during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Source: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - In the Association, new protocols are being implemented to try to save the pro-season from spiraling into more lost games. And the Memphis Grizzlies are keeping a wary eye on their schedule.  

NBA Teams are not going to enter another bubble, but they are about as close to a bubble as possible in their own markets. Players and staff are required to stay at their homes at all times unless they’re going to team-related activities or essential duties.   

They’re only allowed to interact with people they live with, and team members. Locker-room team meetings are limited to ten minutes, face masks required.   

Players can’t arrive at the arena more than three hours before tip-off. And players have to wear masks at all times when they’re not playing.

Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks has this reaction to the new restrictions. “We’re being professionals about it. Trying to protect ourselves and our families as well because we know COVID-19 isn’t something to be played with,” said Dillon. “We’re just being professionals about it. Coming in, working on our craft, and getting ready for our games.”

So far six of more than 150 games have been postponed by COVID-19. The Grizzlies are scheduled to play at Minnesota Wednesday night.

Copyright 2021 WMC. All rights reserved.