REPORT: Team had to punish player for violating NBA’s social distancing rule
One NBA team reportedly had to reprimand one of its players after seeing a social media post of him working out with several athletes in a private gym, per Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports.
Players are scrambling to find private indoor gyms in their cities while the NBA and its practice facilities are on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to league sources, players are scrambling to find private indoor gyms in their cities during the lockdown. One NBA team, multiple league sources say, had to reprimand one of its players after seeing a social media post of him working out with several athletes in a private gym over the weekend, a violation of the league’s and public health officials’ social-distancing guidelines.
Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood, Brooklyn Nets superstar small forward Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart were the other NBA players to test positive for COVID-19.
It’s unknown exactly how many NBA players have a court at their house. With multiple cities going on lockdown, players have nowhere to hoop during the hiatus.
NBA owners want to resume the season in the summer if the virus dies down. The Chinese Basketball Association had to delay the restart of its season from April 15th to May after failing to receive approval from the government.