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What the Rockets are requiring players to do amid coronavirus pandemic

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Every morning, Houston Rockets players are required to take their temperatures when they wake up and text a photo to Keith Jones, the team’s executive VP of basketball operations and a longtime athletic trainer, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NBA suspended the season two weeks ago after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

Each morning, Rockets players are required to take their temperatures when they wake up and text a photo to Jones and Jason Biles, the athletic trainer. Biles calls each player daily to check on his health and that of his family members.

“It’s harder than the hurricane and harder than the lockout,” Jones said. “You have no way of getting out and seeing guys. And if this was a lockout, you’d have 10 or 12 NBA guys getting together and playing and doing their skill work. Now you can’t do that.”

The NBA has also shut down its practice facilities. With that said, Rockets players will have to stay in shape at home.

There is no one associated with the NBA who has any idea if the 2019-20 season is going to resume. Although no one on the Rockets has contracted the virus, there have been a lot of positive tests in the NBA since Gobert was detected to be infected.

The Rockets were in sixth place in the rugged Western Conference standings before play was suspended. Houston had a record of 40-24.