COVID-19 Notes: Hill, Conference Calls, Vaccine, More

We can count Thunder guard George Hill among those who aren’t fans of the new, more restrictive coronavirus protocols that were agreed upon by the NBA and the NBPA this week. Addressing reporters on Tuesday night, Hill questioned the logic behind some of the rule changes, including the limits placed on postgame interactions between players, as Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman writes.

“I just don’t understand some of the rules as far as we can sweat 48 minutes with the guy next to us and the team next to us, but we can’t talk to him after the game,” Hill said. “It makes no sense.”

Hill also openly wondered if it makes sense to continue playing the season if such restrictive measures are necessary — and if even those measures can’t guarantee that there won’t be an outbreak of the virus.

“I’m a grown man, so I’m gonna do what I wanna do,” Hill said. “If I wanna go see my family, I’m gonna go see my family. They can’t tell me I have to stay in the room 24/7. If it’s that serious, then maybe we shouldn’t be playing. It’s life. No one’s gonna be able to just cancel their whole life for this game.”

Here’s more on the COVID-19 situation:

  • During the NBA’s meetings with general managers and team owners this week, there was no discussion of suspending the season due to the recent increasing number of positive coronavirus tests, sources tell Sam Amick of The Athletic. As Marc Stein of The New York Times explains, one reason the NBA wants to avoid a pause is that officials think even more players would contract the virus without the league’s health and safety protocols in place.
  • While the NBA has insisted it won’t cut the line for vaccines for its players and staffers, a new idea emerged on Tuesday’s call with team presidents. According to Amick, it was suggested that players could volunteer at public distribution centers and receive the vaccine in that setting while encouraging the public to follow suit. Amick expects the idea to be explored further.
  • The NBA has tweaked its hardship provision to allow teams to apply to replace players who are hit hard by COVID-19 absences in addition to injuries, per Jared Weiss of The Athletic. However, there are logistical challenges to bringing in new players, since they require a quarantine period before they’re cleared, so it remains to be seen how many teams will be able to actually take advantage of the rule tweak.
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11 thoughts on “COVID-19 Notes: Hill, Conference Calls, Vaccine, More

  1. Marty McRae

    “They can’t tell me I have to stay in the room 24/7. If it’s that serious, then maybe we shouldn’t be playing.”

    MLB and NFL offered opt outs to all players and many accepted. Sounds like Hill needs to do the same. The bubble works as long as you aren’t selfish (sounds like he is, as all millionaires are).

    Funny how now its suddenly “just a game” to him and not a livelihood or career anymore.

    • Alex (not Pav)

      100% … if other players are following the protocol, don’t be the one that makes their sacrifice worthless. Just so selfish.

      • bingbong

        they can sweat on a dude for 45 minutes but have to wear masks on the sidelines. if the danger of contracting the virus is bad enough that people should be unable to see their families then they definitely should not be playing basketball. great take by hill

        • mcmillankmm

          Yeah…but let’s see him give up his salary then…otherwise it’s all talk

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Agreed. You cannot have it both ways. If you don’t like the rules, opt out.

      That said it would have been better to address this a couple months ago…but the league is doing what they can.

  2. Chief Two Hands

    At this point I am almost convinced the NBA is responsible for the Covid virus. Maybe change it from NBA to CBA.

  3. ac106

    Using NBA players as emissaries for vaccines in communities of color is a brilliant win-win. The NBA gets vaccinated and it helps dispel some of the distrust out there. It’s such a good idea it won’t happen.

  4. mcmillankmm

    Sounds like another chance for Hill to complain about something….been a theme since Milwaukee traded him….give up your salary and stay home if it’s too much George!

  5. xdrta

    Attitudes like Hill’s are why the US has some of the worst infection and death rates in the world.

  6. Reflect

    If George Hill doesn’t think playing in the current environment is worth it then why doesn’t he just… not play? Oh right because he does think it is worth it and is just whining.

  7. cwr_12

    Let’s just say this COVID is so frustrating and some of the rules make NO Sense!!!!

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