Wizards cancel COVID protocol practice

The Washington Wizards reported that two of their players entered the NBA sanitary protocol, the latest setback by the coronavirus pandemic that has upset the league in recent days.

The team canceled their training scheduled for Tuesday as a “precautionary” measure. The Wizards defeated the Phoenix Suns on Monday night and are due to host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The two players were not identified.

According to the most recent information released by the teams, although the figures change from one moment to the next, it seems that at least 36 players in the league at the beginning of the day on Tuesday are dealing with some circumstance related to the virus. Those situations include players who are disabled because contact tracing data indicates they were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are in a difficult situation from COVID,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said after his decimated team lost to Atlanta on Monday night. “There is not much that can be done. I sense that many teams will run into this problem.”

The NBA’s board of governors was scheduled to meet Tuesday to address the issue of the pandemic. The league’s managers met Monday, as did the players union.

Miami was getting ready to face Philadelphia on Tuesday without eight players due to problems caused by the virus and contact tracing, something that affected the Heat after playing in Washington on Saturday.

Boston’s game in Chicago on Tuesday was postponed by the virus, as were the Dallas-New Orleans on Monday and the Heat-Celtics in Boston on Sunday.

Bradley Beal (left) of the Washington Wizards and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns greet each other during an NBA game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Nick Wass)Nick Wass/AP

General managers discussed the possibility of increasing payroll as well as tightening protocols to restrict player interactions, such as greetings and hugs, a person with knowledge of the deliberations told The Associated Press. They also raised redoubled social distancing and the use of masks, said the person who asked not to be identified because the details were not aired.

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