Bawal muna ang high-five sa NBA

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Nagbigay kamakailan ng memo sa mga players ang pamunuan ng National Basketball Association (NBA) patungkol sa mga short-term recommendations bilang proteksyon laban sa lumalalang COVID-19 scare sa U.S.

Ayon sa League sources na si Adrian Wojnarowski at Zach Lowe, kabilang sa mga rekomendasyon na ito ay huwag mag high-five sa mga fans ang mga NBA players bagkus ang fist-bump na lang ang gamitin. Kabilang din sa rekomendasyon ang pagbabawal na mag autograph sa bola at jersey kung saan aabutan sila nito at ng pentel pen.

Maari ding kanselahin muna o limitahan ang “pre-draft combines, on-site workouts and international scouting events” habang patuloy na sinusuri ang impact ng coronavirus.

Ayon sa league memo na ito na na-obtain ng ESPN, “The coronavirus remains a situation with the potential to change rapidly.”

Nakapagbigay din ang NBA ng statement sa Associated Press saying, “The health and safety of our employees, teams, players, and fans are paramount. We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC [or Center for Disease Control] and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Ilang mga players na din ang nagbigay ng kanilang saloobin tungkol sa nilalaman ng memo. Sa isang Tweet sinabi ng All-Star guard ng Portland Trailblazer na si CJ McCollum, “The Corona Virus has officially hit Oregon. More specifically Lake Oswego…Make sure y’all washing y’all hands with soap for 20 or more seconds & covering ya mouths when you cough. I am officially taking a break from signing autographs until further notice.”

Dagdag naman ng Celtic guard na si Kemba Walker, “I’m pretty sure I’m still going to sign some autographs, but maybe I’ll just walk around with my own marker.”

May pagka-heroic naman ang paliwanag ni Jimmy Butler ng Miami Heat, “”I don’t think about any of that. I’m still going to be who I am. We’re still going to be who we are.”

As of this date, ang death toll ng coronavirus sa US ay umakyat na sa 9. Wala pa naman cancellation ng laro sa NBA subalit patuloy ang pag monitor ng Liga sa lumalalang sitwasyon. Napabalitang bumaba ang attendance sa EuroLeague basketball subalit wala pa namang ganyang development na napabalita sa NBA. (John Ricafrente Pesebre)

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Bawal muna ang high-five sa NBA


Sources:

Johnson, Gene and Carla Johnson. “U.S. coronavirus death toll climbs to 9.” PBS. March 03, 2020. Accessed on March 04, 2020. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/u-s-coronavirus-death-toll-climbs-to-7

 

Quinn, Sam. “NBA reportedly issues memo on coronavirus, offer suggestions on how to keep players safe.” CBS Sports. March 03, 2020. Accessed on March 04, 2020. https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-reportedly-issues-memo-on-coronavirus-offer-suggestions-on-how-to-keep-players-safe/

 

Wojnarowski, Adrian and Zach Lowe. “Fist-bumps among short-term recommendations as NBA plots coronavirus strategy, memo says.” ESPN. March 03, 2020. Accessed on March 04, 2020. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28823986/fist-bumps-short-term-recommendations-nba-plots-coronavirus-strategy-memo-says

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