Spurs Have Five Players Under Protocols; DeRozan Also Out Wednesday

The NBA postponed the last four Spurs games due to coronavirus positives and contact tracing. There’s now more clarity on which players are in the league’s health and safety protocols, as well as hope that their next scheduled game against the Thunder on Wednesday will be played.

The Spurs announced on Monday that Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Quinndary Weatherspoon and Derrick White remain under the league’s protocols and are not with the team. That group will not travel to Oklahoma City. Additionally, DeMar DeRozan will miss the game due to personal reasons.

However, LaMarcus Aldridge has been upgraded to active, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News (Twitter links). He hasn’t played since February 1st due to a hip injury.

As previously reported, the Spurs on Monday recalled guard Tre Jones and forward Luka Samanic from the Austin Spurs. That would give the team 10 available players, two more than the minimum required to play.

San Antonio practiced on Monday, Orsborn added.

Weatherspoon was the only San Antonio player prior to Monday to be named publicly as being under the league’s health and safety protocols. The games postponed were all on the road — Detroit, Cleveland, New York and Indiana — which means the Spurs will have a busy schedule in the second half of the season. They also have to make up a January 25th postponement, a road game against New Orleans.

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14 thoughts on “Spurs Have Five Players Under Protocols; DeRozan Also Out Wednesday

  1. Lil_D_Top_3

    Somewhere Doctor Hippa is angry…public shaming of players for having covid. Smdh smh. It’s really supposed to be a medical secret unless the player announces formerly on social media or something.

    • jawn

      Just because they’re in the protocols doesn’t mean they tested positive.

      • Lil_D_Top_3

        I think I do actually I’ve been to a doctors office before.

        Maybe you can explain it for the class? Didn’t think so. How would you like it if someone publicized every time you got sick?

        • Eta34

          Feel free to look up HIPAA. It does not apply in this situation. A simple Google search would show you that.

          • Lil_D_Top_3

            I dont need to look it up, I referenced it in my original post. You’re the one who needs to look it up when you cant even cite it so you tell other people to google it? That’s like saying you dont know to speak French just look up how to speak French in google translate. Smdh smh

            • Eta34

              You asserted that this situation is a violation of “HIppa.” It is HIPAA. You are simply wrong and embarrassing yourself.

              • Lil_D_Top_3

                You keep telling me I’m wrong but offer no evidence to prove your point. Doctor Hippa was the first doctor to pioneer doctor patient confidentially and so they named the law after him I’m pretty sure. Maybe I’m spelling his name wrong, whatever. Hippa Hipaa it’s the same thing. Smdb

                • Eta34

                  1. HIPAA generally doesn’t apply to employers. You can read all about HIPAA here:
                  link to hhs.gov

                  2. The Spurs did not disclose any medical information regarding these players based on this article. It is moot anyway, as HIPAA doesn’t apply here.

                • kevincwilson

                  Dude. It’s an acronym, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Not named after a person. Dear god

                  • Eta34

                    I meant to come back and point that out, but I didn’t want to pile on the poor dude.

  2. jawn

    Adam Silver needs to be consistent in his decision making. Postpone all these Spurs games but made the Sixers play when they couldn’t even field a full team.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    I wonder if Spurs will trade Aldridge or DeRozan or both. I would trade both of them for young players and picks. Spurs need to commit to getting younger and better imo.

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