NBA Covid-19 Latest: The Portland Trail Blazers has shut its practice facility. Over the pasts 4 days, they have found 3 positive test results. With the preseason starting in 4 days, it is a big blow for the Trail Blazers.
The players were performing individual workouts from the 1st of Dec to the 5th of Dec. The NBA allowed group workouts after the 5th of December.
The coronavirus is still surging around the United States. A few days ago, more than 2,300 people in the nation died from COVID-19, the highest daily total since early May. The players remain unnamed.
“Over the past four days, we have had three positive COVID test results within our organization. Out of an abundance of caution, having completed contact tracing, we are closing our practice facility today for deep cleaning while we run confirmatory tests” -Neil Olshey
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 6, 2020
We also saw the Golden State Warriors delay their practice sessions after a few members were found positive.
All the teams were issued a 134-page “Health and Safety Protocol Guide” for the 2020-2021 season this morning, per sources. Now, the NBA tries this outside of a bubble.
After the NBA and NBPA decided on a pre-Christmas start, they also declared that they had plans to allow 25-50% fans in the arenas. Whereas the Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has stated that they are prepared to spend upwards of $30 million on Covid-19 testing to bring back fans at a 50 percent capacity.
The President of Basketball Operations for the Portland Trail Blazers also stated that there will be no media updates available.
NBA schedule: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs