Clippers coach Doc Rivers speaks out on playing games amid coronavirus scare
With massive changes possibly coming to the league in the near future due to the coronavirus outbreak, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is confident that the league will make the right decisions.
The coronavirus scare has forced the country’s professional sports leagues to make major changes. The NBA league office has stated that they will require all 30 franchises to have their own coronavirus guidelines by March 10.
The guidelines should cover an arrangement with an infectious disease specialist, a facility that could conduct testing and a plan to limit arena staff. Teams have also been encouraged to limit their traveling party.
“If they tell me not to show, I’m not showing. There’s a reason for that. There are pretty smart people making that decision. If they tell us we can play, then I have blind trust & faith & hope that they get it right,” the Clippers coach said, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
The league has also discussed the possibility of limiting media access and playing future games without fans in attendance. The latter has been very unpopular with players like LeBron James who has stated that he will refuse to play in any game without fans in attendance.
In contrast though, the Clippers and Doc Rivers are putting their trust in the league to do what is best for the players, fans and personnel.
According to the New York Times, the U.S. coronavirus count has reached 527 confirmed cases in 33 different states with at least 21 reported deaths. Worldwide, the virus has hit over 100,000 cases and over 3,400 deceased.