NBA news: NBA wants distance between players, media amid coronavirus
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NBA to limit locker room access, create distance between players, media amid coronavirus scare

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Amid the coronavirus scare, the NBA is reportedly planning to limit locker room access to just players, coaches, front office members, basketball staff and PR personnel.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, teams are also instructed to create a “6-to-8 foot distance” between players and media during media availability outside locker rooms.

It is among the recommendations made by infectious disease and public health experts consulted by the NBA in their bid to protect all their stakeholders while preventing the further spread of COVID-19.

The NBA scheduled a conference call for Wednesday with owners and governors to discuss possible other drastic measures to combat the virus. According to Zach Lowe and Woj, “there are escalating concerns among many owners and executives that the NBA could be headed toward games played with only essential personnel in arenas, but so far, the league office has only pushed teams to be prepared should that necessity arise.”

There’s also a conference call set up for Monday night between the league and team physicians and trainers.

The NBA is preparing to “ramp up” preventative measures as the crisis grows. Over the weekend, the league sent out a memo telling teams to begin the process of preparing for playing possible games in front of just “essential staff” and without fans in attendance.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was not thrilled about the idea of playing games in front of empty seats, though.

“I ain’t playing. If I ain’t got the fans in the crowd, that’s what I play for…If I show up to an arena, and there ain’t no fans there? I ain’t playing,” LeBron said after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks last week.