The NBA has had its hands full recently with a recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the league, which included the postponement of Monday’s Mavericks-Pelicans game and Tuesday’s Bulls-Celtics game.
While questions have risen about how these postponements will impact the schedule and remainder of the season, Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy put things in perspective.
“First of all, personally, I’m 61 year’s old. This s—t scares me,” he told reporters on Monday. “It scares me. I don’t want to get it. I’m scared of other people getting it too. I just don’t want anyone in our group or anyone else to get it.”
The NBA was lauded for its success back in the summer when it managed to complete its season by creating a bubble in Orlando with daily testing and had no positive COVID results.
But for the 2020-21 season, the NBA resumed its usual schedule with travel – although no fans – and just three weeks into the season several games have been postponed.
It was reported on Sunday, after the Celtics-Heat game was postponed, that the league had no intentions of pausing the season due to the spike in cases.
Several players also seem to be violating the league’s strict protocol measures.
Kevin Durant, who had COVID back in the spring, missed three games after he was forced to quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who was COVID positive.
The league is also investigating Durant’s teammate, Kyrie Irving, after a video appeared on social media Tuesday that seemed to show the Nets point guard at a party with no masks. Irving has not played the last four games for “personal reasons.”