Despite the challenges COVID-10 has presented, the 2021 season has been a huge success for the NBA. With only a few positive cases, and no hiatus, the league deserves a lot of props for how they’ve been able to deal with the pandemic,
Still, the job isn’t over yet. And if they want to finish out strong, the league is going to have to continue to monitor the situation and stay in front of the virus.
In a recent report by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, they recently got some news that could be cause for concern.
(via Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Podcast)
“I was told it was in the neighborhood of 150 players in Miami over the weekend.
And the reason the NBA knows is because the players have to have COVID tests while they’re there and they had to sign up for them. So the NBA had an accurate count of how many and … this was two days ago, maybe it’s grown, I was told it was in the neighborhood of 150 players were in Miami over the weekend. The testing site, which I think, I don’t know for sure, but I think was at the Heat’s facility, I mean that’s where their apparatus is set up. They had to give the players a schedule. Like, it was drive-thru and they had to have multiple lanes and they had to give the players a schedule, like come at this time to get your COVID test, because otherwise they couldn’t handle the crush.”
Obviously, Miami isn’t really a place we can expect players to practice social distancing. Considering the time of year, and how many players were over there, the chances that at least one of them got exposed seems pretty high.
Nevertheless, we’ll see what happens (and how the NBA deals with it) over the next few days and weeks.