Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight said he's still gi…

Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight said he’s still give autographs but would be a little more cautious due to concerns regarding the coronavirus. “Same thing you would normally do. Just fist-bumps,” he said. “I don’t anything drastic will be put in place. Just making sure you’re more aware of normal things – wash your hands and be aware of your surroundings.”

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The Heat met as a team to discuss different precautions players, coaches and staff can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within the organization. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Florida’s first two cases of coronavirus this week. “That’s another reason why we came in today. We met about it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said following Tuesday’s practice. “We watched a film about it. We tried to provide some more education and awareness, just that this is real. And we have to be more diligent about our cleanliness, washing our hands.”
“I mean, it is scary,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said. “... Maybe it’s not going to be the same as in the past, when you signed autographs and high-fived the fans. Maybe that’s going to be a little bit less on our part. And the fans, they need to understand that. Yeah, wash your hands, try not to touch your face and try to stay away from the crowd. Prevention, washing your hands, I think is going to be huge. Yeah, it’s not ideal. But, you know, we need to be careful.”
Heat wing Jimmy Butler said he’s going to keep operating as usual when it comes to fan interaction. “Fans are fans,” Butler said. “They’re going to be there to show love and support. I think I’m going to keep it the way I always keep it. Dap people up, high-five. If it’s meant to be, then it’s meant to be, I guess. ... You can’t control everything. I guess you can try to control as much as you can. But I’m just going to keep being who I am. The happy, joyful person that I am. I love my fans, man. They’re always coming out there to support. I’m going to still be me.”
Marc Lasry, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, told CNBC on Tuesday that sports games that ban fans could be a possibility if the coronavirus outbreak worsens. “If you’re going to do it to basketball, you’re going to do it to baseball,” Lasry said on “Fast Money.” “I hope we don’t get there.”
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association have been consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and infectious-disease experts, including a renowned researcher at Columbia University, the memo said. "The coronavirus remains a situation with the potential to change rapidly," the league told teams in the memo.
With public anxiety about the coronavirus increasing, Popovich was asked if he’d talked to his players about taking precautionary measures such as washing their hands. “Whatever President Trump says,” Popovich said. “You know you can believe whatever comes out of his mouth.” Popovich has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. In an effort to reassure the country, Trump said Saturday there was “no reason to panic” as the White House announced new restrictions on international travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
With public anxiety about the coronavirus increasing, Popovich was asked if he’d talked to his players about taking precautionary measures such as washing their hands. “Whatever President Trump says,” Popovich said. “You know you can believe whatever comes out of his mouth.” Popovich has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. In an effort to reassure the country, Trump said Saturday there was “no reason to panic” as the White House announced new restrictions on international travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the first reported death in the U.S. Officials from the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball say they are all consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations on a regular basis about COVID-19. A man in his 50s died from the virus in Washington, state officials reported Saturday.
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