Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts to NBA bubble holding with 0 new positive COVID-19 cases
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had high praise for the efforts the NBA has put forth in remaining free of COVID-19 inside the bubble.
The NBA announced on Wednesday that there have been no new cases of coronavirus among the players participating at the Disney complex in Florida. This marks the third time that test results have come back negative for all of its players — a remarkable feat, all things considered.
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The Spurs coach gave credit to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for being so thorough in his attempts of keeping a safe environment:
“There’s absolutely no doubt that the NBA, under the leadership of Adam Silver, has done a magnificent job with being visionaries, looking at the big picture and looking at what unintended consequences may appear, Popovich said, via Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports.
“Our leader had a vision and knew how to organize and did it efficiently,” Pop added, referring to Silver.
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Silver has indeed done a fine job of keeping all of the players in the bubble tested. Even beyond that, the coaches, staff members, and even referees are constantly being screened. Regulations are strict, to say the least.
So far, so good for the NBA. The race for the Western Conference Playoffs is heating up, with the Los Angeles Lakers clinching the No. 1 seed for the first time in 10 years. Popovich’s Spurs are battling for the right to face the Lakers. San Antonio is 29-37, which is two games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies and a half-game behind the ninth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers.
Simply put, fans are loving every second of basketball. Other leagues, such as Major League Baseball, have struggled with rising cases of coronavirus. Hopefully, all parties involved inside the NBA’s bubble will continue to take the necessary steps to maintain a clean bill of health.