Nets’ DeAndre Jordan jokes about checking Jarrett Allen’s fro amid coronavirus situation
Tuesday marked the first day the NBA installed its new media rules. As can be seen below, Jordan was speaking to Nets reporters from a podium, far away from anyone. All NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL team locker rooms and clubhouses will only be open to players and essential employees until further notice.
“I don’t know if you’re allowed to check Jarrett Allen’s fro anymore.”
DeAndre Jordan: “Oh, I’m still checking the fro.”
A light moment ahead of Jordan’s comments about how coronavirus is affecting the NBA. pic.twitter.com/IX0yH16fTO
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The NBA has already sent multiple memos to teams to prepare contingency plans in case they need to play games without fans in attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus. Teams have also been asked to identify “essential staff” to be present for such games if the need arises.
Soccer and basketball games in Europe have been played without fans in recent days.
The NBA’s short-term recommendations to teams in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak includes players utilizing fist-bumps over high-fives with fans and avoiding taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys to autograph.
Furthermore, there are 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 are a possibility given the quick spread of the deadly virus that has already taken thousands of lives around the globe.
Workouts and events could be canceled when the summer rolls around and the NBA Draft and Summer League start based on the possible escalation of the coronavirus. This is a very serious subject matter.