Blazers’ Damian Lillard reveals concerns over coronavirus outbreak
Fans love flocking to NBA games, but the latest coronavirus outbreak has put a question mark on whether players should even play in front of large crowds or not. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is one of the players concerned about the health of everyone if the league doesn’t decide to do something about the coronavirus outbreak.
The Blazers point guard talked about the danger the virus poses to him and other players in the league. However, he also acknowledges that being extra careful will also be important to prevent the virus from spreading to the general population.
According to Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian, Damian Lillard specified the dangers the disease exposes the players to.
“Obviously, it’s concerning,” Lillard said. “Especially in the environment that we work in, we’re constantly high-fiving and signing autographs and greeting people. We’re always in the presence of thousands of people. So, you’re concerned for those reasons and then we’re around (the media) as well. … So, it’s kind of a concern, but you just got to do your best to take care of yourself, try to stay clean, keep your hands clean. For me, I’ve just been trying to keep myself and my son out of as many crowds as possible.”
It’s literally impossible for Damian Lillard to avoid crowds as a public figure on the Blazers. Crowds will continue to follow him around as long as he’s spotted. The virus will force his security team to be more adamant with their crowd control tactics.
However, the state may be able to help his situation. Due to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Oregon, the state is now under a state of emergency. Steps have been taken in order to prevent the disease from spreading, and this will definitely help Lillard and the rest of his Blazers teammates stay healthy.