The NBA has been receiving a series of calls early in the bubble, mentioning a few players who are breaking the rules put in place by the league. The so-called “snitch hotline” has been ringing off the hook, or so it appears, and ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins is all for it, apparently to the disappointment of Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris.
Perkins responded to a tweet noting multiple calls have been made this early in the process, saying players must “keep snitching.”
Got Damn right…stupid MFs need to follow the damn rules!!! Keep snitching got Damn it. https://t.co/Czae3YnuE0
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 14, 2020
Morris, a Philadelphia native, believes the street code still applies — snitches get stitches.
Kendrick Perkins going out bad man. Smh.
— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) July 15, 2020
Perkins has had plenty of unpopular opinions since he started carving out his career as an NBA analyst, but he's not wrong on this one. The “snitching” could save someone's life or even keep the NBA season from being disrupted due to multiple coronavirus cases or violations.
The league is well aware it will need the help of the players policing themselves and one another to make this restart initiative a successful one, even if guys like Morris don't necessarily like the idea. The Clippers forward should understand that these rules are only in place to promote safety.
Bruno Caboclo of the Houston Rockets was the first player to be confined for an extra time for breaking quarantine, followed by Sacramento Kings big man Richaun Holmes for his decision to go outside the bubble to pick up a food delivery.
Players aren't used to getting their freedom this restricted, but that is something they will have to figure out quick if they want their checks sent out every two weeks. Once play begins on July 30, the likes of Holmes and Caboclo could lose game checks for every game they miss, as the quarantine restrictions will get all the more strict if players are seen breaking the rules of the bubble.