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NBA issues coronavirus memo to teams

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Among the NBA’s short-term recommendations to teams in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, players should utilize fist-bumps over high-fives with fans and avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys to autograph, according to a memo to teams obtained by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Among larger concerns being addressed in NBA front offices and the league office, the possibility that pre-draft combines, on-site workouts and international scouting events could become more limited in scope, or even cancelled, based on the possible escalation of the coronavirus, per the ESPN report:

“The coronavirus remains a situation with the potential to change rapidly,” the league told teams in the memo.

The NBA issued a statement to the AP, saying that “The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount. We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”

As the instances of cases in North America start to increase, there’s been no impact on the curbing of league travel or games. An NBA player who contracted the coronavirus would expect to miss two weeks, one team medical official told ESPN. NBA front offices are preparing for scouting events such as the global Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., in April, and the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago in May, both events that host of hundreds of players, coaches, front office personnel and medical staff.

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum tweeted over the weekend he was taking a break from signing autographs for now because of the coronavirus.