COVID is decimating the NBA

Adam Silver's NBA last year may not have done the fantastic job of containing COVID we were led to believe.

Adam Silver’s NBA last year may not have done the fantastic job of containing COVID we were led to believe.
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Last year, between the bubble and a full season of mandates that included no fans, or just the vaccinated ones, the NBA did a great job of protecting their league from COVID-19.

Not so much this year.

Something else happened last year too. Iman Shumpert gave a radio interview in which he told a story about how, early in his career, he did a good job protecting Kobe Bryant … until the fourth quarter. In this scenario, think of Shumpert as the NBA and Bryant as COVID-19, something you probably couldn’t stop and probably won’t even be able to contain.

“I guarded Kobe in the garden,” Shumpert explained during a interview on HOT 97.

“I can’t remember how much he had, but I know I’ve had more steals against him, where in the game, in my head, all I think about is when I have this conversation with my brother after the game, how I’m going to tell him how I stole a ball from Kobe. How I stripped Kobe before he was about to shoot… I’m such a fanatic. ”

“The fourth quarter begins and Kobe said, ‘You had a great game.’ He said: “You” had a great game, boy. ‘”

After three quarters of containment, Bryant got this way with Shumpert and the Knicks in the fourth quarter. It’s almost a carbon copy of how the virus is faring in the NBA after initially doing so well. Here are some of the players and coaches who have recently been included in the league’s health and safety protocols: Giannis, Wesley Matthews, Donte DiVincenzo, James Harden, Bruce Brown, Alvin Gentry, Georges Niang, Dwight Howard, Malik Monk, Langston Galloway, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Bembry, Jevon Carter, James Johnson, Paul Milsap and 10 Chicago Bulls players – and that’s not even the complete list.

In October 2020, which seems so far, Adam Silver told ESPN:

As Dr. Fauci says, the virus will decide. If there really was a second wave, things like that could repel us. We are also very aware that while what happened in this bubble is great, we love our fans and we want to bring them back to the arena and we want to do it safely. So if there is progress on the horizon. It will be a reason to wait.

Earlier this year, I wrote about how COVID-19 would define Adam Silver’s legacy, as he led the league through the bubble without a single positive test, as the league was about to start getting fans into the arena soon, followed by the 2021-2022 season in which full capacity took place. But, what we didn’t know was that the league was already collapsing from the virus during the summer in the NBA Finals, due to a Rolling Stone report, titled “The secret Covid epidemic that sparked fear during the NBA Finals. “

According to the report, at least 17 sources confirmed that over a dozen people connected to the Bucks and Suns tested positive during the finals, which included a scare from Giannis, the finals MVP.

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“We were very worried that Giannis wasn’t vaccinated and that, with all this exposure from all these different people,” the cornerstone of the franchise – a one-man band and the new face of the NBA – could be infected, or at least contact tracked by the NBA is forced into quarantine, potentially altering the course of sporting history. “It hit everyone pretty quickly, but the biggest thing was: Just make sure Giannis is negative.

Earlier this week, Reported by ESPN that NBA executives already expect the numbers to continue to increase over the holidays, as at least 51 players have been in health and safety protocols this season, as well as the postponement of more NBA and G League games.

“We want control. And I think the confusion is, at what level of control will you accept it in its endemicity? ” Fauci asked in November. He went on to say that people will just have to “face it“if more booster shots are needed earlier this week.

Fourteen months ago, the NBA commissioner told us that the virus would dictate how the league would operate in the event of a pandemic. And as we approach our third year in a pandemic, it looks like Adam Silver and every other sports league are making up as they go. It’s like they’re in the middle of a game of isolation trying to defend Kobe Bryant in the fourth period with no help in sight – good luck.

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