Ja Morant makes desperate plea to NBA amid COVID-19 postponements
The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ravage the NBA this season, with a string of contests being postponed recently due to positive cases. Memphis Grizzlies young star Ja Morant suggested a rational idea in a bid to allow games to push through.
add roster spots. plz & thank you 🤝
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 15, 2021
After executing an almost perfect plan to contain the virus in the NBA Bubble last season, the league hasn’t had the same success so far this campaign. Several games have already been called off due to the lack of players available. The NBA has employed strict safety protocols and only allows teams to play if they have eight healthy players on the roster.
Each lineup consists of as many as 15 guys. But Morant clearly wants the number to move up so all teams have more available bodies at their disposal. NBA veteran and current free agent Jamal Crawford recently aired the same sentiments in the wake of the successive postponements.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has already made it clear that they are working on improving the league’s current COVID-19 protocols. It remains unclear though if adding more roster spots as Morant suggested will be up for consideration.
If the NBA does push through with it, there won’t be any shortage of quality talents available. Guys like Crawford, Isaiah Thomas, Michael Beasley, Iman Shumpert, and Lance Stephenson among many others are still without a team.
Ja Morant, on the other hand, has been out since December after suffering an ankle sprain against the Brooklyn Nets. The Grizzlies are badly missing his services but have somehow kept things afloat with a 5-6 record.