James Boyd: #Pacers League sources: Pacers guard TJ McConnell, already out due to right wrist surgery, has entered the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols.
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James Ham: Source confirms that Kings assistant Doug Christie is in health and safety protocols.
ESPN reported that more than a third of the league’s referees were in COVID protocols at the end of December. But, as with players and coaches, the regular referees are, slowly, coming back. “We’re coming out of the worst of it,” NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training Monty McCutchen said Tuesday, noting the combination of vaccines and boosters — all required by the league for officials to work NBA games this season — along with the antibodies produced in healthy people who have gotten the vaccines and boosters but nonetheless test positive. “That being said, we’ve had to lean on other people,” he said. “And we’ve been proud of their work. … We’ve lost, it seems to me, this ability to allow people a proper apprenticeship. We tend to want our first-year players to be immediate successes. We want our first-year coaches to be immediate successes. And, of course, refereeing is always judged up against this unreasonable standard of perfection, instead of where are they on their arc, and are they doing excellent for that arc of growth?”
Having streamlined its teaching points for officials working across all of its leagues — NBA, WNBA, G League and the new Basketball Africa League — the league expects similarity in its referee mechanics. McCutchen acknowledged that a G League official obviously won’t be as experienced or ready to jump into an NBA game as the NBA’s veteran officials, but the league does expect the G League and other referee call-ups to handle “their third” — the area of the floor where, depending on each of the ref’s assignments in a given game, to which they’re supposed to pay attention — at a high level. “I need you to be asserted and disciplined,” McCutchen said. “If I’m assertive within my disciplined area of responsibility, the NBA goes off really well. And because we’ve trained, I hate to be overly flippant about it, but ‘wax on, wax off’ works in life. When you really get in there, when we see somebody go out of (their) primary, and for us, that means they’re stretching too far, we’re holding people accountable to that. We’re saying ‘no, that’s not your responsibility.’”
He cites as an example a referee who responds to constant chirping from players that they’re being pushed around in the paint by calling a “weak” pushing foul. “You can see a direct relationship to that,” he said. “We’re holding people accountable to that. We’re saying, ‘Wait a minute; we have a standard at the NBA of what a push is.’ But there’s also the desire to make sure that people’s strength isn’t demeaning, or lessening, to other people. In the spirit of competition, those lines get blurred — amongst player to player, amongst player to coach. You hear when players get passionate with one another, ‘Oh, that’s just part of it.’ I don’t want to make excuses for officials, because we expect good communication. We expect professional communication.”
Marc Stein: The Mavericks say Kristaps Porzingis remains in health and safety protocols and will miss Friday’s game at Memphis.
Marc Stein: It is expected that Mavericks coach Jason Kidd will also remain in the league’s health and safety protocols until Saturday’s home game against Orlando, league sources say. Memphis will be Porzingis’ seventh game missed while in protocols and Kidd’s fourth.
Jorge Sierra: Per @TikotDeRoa’s tracker, only 47 players in COVID protocols right now… down from 128 not so long ago. So the worst is behind us?
Noah Levick: Sixers say Doc Rivers has cleared COVID-19 protocols and will coach tonight against the Magic. The team went 2-0 with Dan Burke as acting head coach.
“They waited for me,” Payton said. “They waited for me on the plane.” That concluded a wacky week for Payton, 27, as he was in and out of the league’s protocols where more than 100 players landed last month alone during this worldwide surge of COVID-19 cases. “It’s just out of control to be honest,” Payton said. “It’s crazy. It’s nothing I don’t think we can really do to be honest. You see people with the booster still getting it. You see people who got the regular vaccine get it. It’s almost inevitable. You’ve just got to deal with it.”
Brian Lewis: LaMarcus Aldridge had headaches, body aches, fatigue when he had COVID. He’s cleared now, but adds “you don’t go back to feeling normal….So I’m still trying to get my legs back, get my wind back, and just feel normal again.” #Nets #NBA
Jamal Collier: Alex Caruso entered health and safety protocols this morning, per Billy Donovan
Adrian Wojnarowski: After missing four games in the league’s Covid protocols, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has cleared and will join the team vs. New Orleans tonight, sources tell ESPN. Suns are 28-8, the second-best record in the NBA.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups has cleared Covid protocols and will coach vs. the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, sources tell ESPN. Billups has missed three games in protocols.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said “there’s optimism” that Draymond Green could clear protocols and return for the Warriors against the Heat at home on Monday. Warriors will know more tomorrow.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs guard Dejounte Murray — team’s top scorer at 18.8 points per game — has cleared Covid protocols and will start his reconditioning for a return to the team, sources tell ESPN. Murray has missed three games for San Antonio.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Hill — who had 13 points and 3 steals vs. Chicago on Wednesday — has entered Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN. He recently signed a 10-day hardship deal.
Connor Letourneau: League sources are still optimistic that tonight’s Warriors-Nuggets game will go on as planned, but it’ll come down to whether a few players currently listed as questionable for Denver are cleared to play.
Orlando Magic PR: Orlando Magic center Robin Lopez has entered NBA Health and Safety Protocols.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver’s Jeff Green, Bones Hyland and Zeke Nnaji have entered Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN. More Nuggets to be tested today. Denver may have trouble reaching the required eight active players to meet Golden State tonight, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sixers’ Myles Powell and Tyler Johnson have entered Covid protocols and will be out vs. Brooklyn tonight, source tells ESPN.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Nets’ David Duke Jr. has cleared health and safety protocols.
Duane Rankin: “No film on. We’ll watch film before the game and it’ll be one play. We think he can shoot. We don’t have any scout on these guys. We got to just really play the game. It’s really 5-on-5 out there.” JaVale McGee on teams adding new players amid COVID rise as #Suns beat Thunder. pic.twitter.com/YBNIjjUx8Y
Michael Singer: #Nuggets coach Michael Malone has tested positive for COVID and is now in the protocols, a league source tells @denverpost. David Adelman will serve as acting head coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers has entered the league’s Covid protocols, team source tells ESPN. Assistant Dan Burke will take over as acting coach.
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has taken to wearing a mask on the sidelines the past two games in Minnesota and Detroit. Maybe all his assistants should follow suit after the Knicks have lost another key piece to COVID-19. The Post has learned top assistant Johnnie Bryant has been placed in COVID protocols and will be lost for the rest of the road trip.
“I came to shootaround (Wednesday) not knowing most of my teammates,” Young said. “Nate never wants to make excuses. I’m not the type to make excuses, but it’s frustrating when you look around the league and other teams have gotten games postponed. It’s not even canceling them but it’s moving them because of what’s going on with the COVID outbreaks. We got hit hard by COVID. It’s frustrating not getting games postponed.”
Tim Reynolds: There is a chance – repeat, a chance – that Heat-Spurs won’t be played tonight, source tells AP. Still very fluid based on whether Heat can fill roster or has more depletion. If it is called off, it would be postponement No. 10 in the NBA this season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers have added rookie Brandon Boston to Covid protocols list.
Rob Schaefer: Bulls say Marko Simonovic has entered health and safety protocols
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Heat added Max Strus, P.J. Tucker and Gabe Vincent to their list of Covid protocols, per league portal.
Although vaccinated and boosted, being three years shy of 70 made him understandably more nervous. “I took a PCR test and our trainer called me about 6 in the morning and said, ‘Hey, you’re positive,’ ” Gentry told The Undefeated. “Obviously, that’s a word you don’t want to hear when you’re talking about COVID … it’s positive? I was very nervous about it because of my age. Hey, other than Pop [Gregg Popovich, who is 72], I’m the oldest coach in the league. So you think, ‘Wow, I’m 67. I just tested positive. What is this going to do?’ “I was nervous as heck because everything about this when you’re my age puts you in a scary situation. ‘How am I going to react? What’s going to be the symptoms? How intense are the symptoms going to be?’ So all of those things right there get you into a situation where you go, ‘Wow.’ “
Anthony Chiang: Alonzo Mourning says on Instagram that he also recently tested positive for COVID-19. “I have been following the CDC guidelines and have quarantined,” Mourning wrote.
Shams Charania: Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley has cleared COVID-19 protocols and is scheduled to rejoin the team as soon as today, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota Timberwolves F Taurean Prince has cleared Covid protocols and will rejoin the team, sources tell ESPN. Prince won’t play vs. Knicks tonight, but will get back into the gym today.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards and Naz Reid have cleared Covid protocols too, sources tell ESPN.
Michael Scotto: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge have cleared NBA Health and Safety Protocols, Nets say.
Anthony Chiang: Heat forward Udonis Haslem has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Kyle Lowry and Haslem both in protocols, along with assistant coach Caron Butler and trainer Jay Sabol.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Josh Giddey has entered Covid protocols, according to the league portal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: On the cusp of his season debut, Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has entered into Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN. He had been ramping up after missing early season for personal reasons.
Michael Scotto: Thunder coach Mark Daigneault has entered health and safety protocols. Assistant coach Mike Wilks will serve as acting head coach tonight in against the Kings, Thunder say.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell has entered the league’s Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN. He’s the seventh player on roster to do so. Wizards play the Heat tonight.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk told 92.9 this morning there were more positive COVID test results that came back from testing following last night’s game. Hawks practice today at 11 a.m. so more players will be held out. Stay tuned.
Tim Reynolds: This number will rise tonight, but we’ve already seen 546 players appear in at least one NBA game this season. That’s already the most of any season in NBA history.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Vaccinated NBA players and coaches can now clear quarantine after six days if Covid-testing data shows they’re no longer at risk to be infectious, according to a memo distributed to teams Monday and obtained by ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA and NBPA agreement comes at a time when players are testing positive and heading into quarantine at an unprecedented rate — 172 have entered Covid protocols in past two weeks, including a single-day high of 27 on Sunday.
Marc Stein: The Celtics say Jayson Tatum has entered the league’s health and safety protocols after his previous well-chronicled battled with COVID-19 last season.
Tom Orsborn: Keldon, who had COVID last season, on the anxiety triggered by omicron wave: “It’s kind of scary. You never know if you have it or you don’t. You could be asymptomatic. So, you get a little nervous….I have my booster shot, so I’m doing everything I can do to protect myself.”
Shams Charania: The Portland Trail Blazers are up to seven players in COVID-19 health and safety protocols – new entries: Jusuf Nurkic and Cody Zeller, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Chris Hine: Naz Reid also in health and safety protocols.
Zach LaVine rejoined the lineup after a 15-day hiatus. He landed in the COVID-19 protocols on Dec. 12 but missed only two games due to the team’s recent postponements. “I’m tired of getting COVID,” he said with a laugh. “I can’t stand it. I feel like I just had it.”
LaVine went through a similar ordeal toward the end of last season, missing 11 consecutive games after contracting COVID-19. The Bulls went 4-7 in those contests. This go-round wasn’t as costly. The Bulls went 2-0 without LaVine, but the layoff was a chore. “I was in a hotel. Bored,” he said. “Doing push-ups and running in place. Playing video games. Watched every movie on Netflix. Stuff like that.”
Fortunately, all the Raptors players that have tested positive this month are either asymptomatic or experiencing only minor symptoms, according to team sources. Consider that a victory for the vaccines – each player has at least two doses, and some have received their boosters.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks F John Collins has entered the league’s Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN. He’s the ninth Hawks player to do so.
Chris Kirschner: Jalen Johnson has also entered health and safety protocols. Hawks are down to zero power forwards on their regular roster with Gallinari and Collins in protocols.
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James Edwards III: Pistons guards Cory Joseph and Josh Jackson have entered health and safety protocols, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA. Pistons play the Spurs tonight and are also without Cunningham, Hayes, Stewart, Lee, Lyles, Grant (surgery) and Olynyk (injury).
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James Edwards III: Pistons forward Trey Lyles has entered health and safety protocols.
Toronto Raptors rookie Dalano Banton has cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols and will be available to play on Sunday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Banton was one of several Raptors players to enter the health and safety protocols recently as the team experienced a coronavirus outbreak. Toronto still has 10 players out because of the health and safety protocols and has just seven available to play on Sunday.
Shams Charania: Miami’s Kyle Lowry has entered COVID-19 protocols.
Ramona Shelburne: The Warriors will be without three of their top four coaches for today’s game in Phoenix, sources tell @Adrian Wojnarowski and I. Mike Brown and Chris DeMarco are in health and safety protocols. Kenny Atkinson (leg injury) isn’t traveling yet.
Jorge Sierra: ?? We’ve reached three digits ?? pic.twitter.com/fCNT38hYSH
LeBron was asked about the Lakers’ defensive struggles vs. San Antonio — who scored the most points vs. Los Angeles in a regulation game since January of 2020. He credited Spurs’ execution then noted the fact that the Lakers’ best defensive players are in health and safety protocols. “All of our defensive guys are in protocols,” he said, naming Kent Bazemore, Austin Reaves, Trevor Ariza, and Avery Bradley (he unintentionally omitted Anthony Davis, who is sidelined with an MCL sprain). “We don’t need a full roster. We just need some of our guys back.”
Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic had barely finished reading his email on Nov. 11 — the word positive was enough — before he started kicking several members of his very large – and very large – Montenegrin family out of his house. He would be forced to miss a big West Coast road trip for the Bulls, but a Thanksgiving surge of Covid cases was expected to arrive, the team doctors had told him, so he got the Vucevic clan packed up for a vacation to Florida without him. And he was just about to get his booster shot.
Shams Charania: Nets-Blazers game on Thursday has been postponed.
Chris Fedor on Cavaliers in health and safety protocols: I’ve talked to a couple of the players that have entered the protocols. Not all of them have gotten back to me, but a couple of them. From what I can gather, the majority of the guys in the protocol that I’ve talked to either have no symptoms, or their symptoms are very mild.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Adam Silver tells @Malika Andrews that the Omicron variant constitutes 90 percent of the league’s cases now. “Beyond dominant,” he said.
Shams Charania: Wizards guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has entered health and safety protocols, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Chase Hughes: Wes Unseld Jr. says KCP tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday evening. The Wizards just recently returned from a West Coast road trip.
Sarah K. Spencer: Symptoms for Trae Young, the two additional Hawks players in protocols and the three Tier 1 team personnel members are so far mild to asymptomatic, per source, so that’s at least some good news that no one is feeling very ill.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto Raptors guards Fred VanVleet and Malachi Flynn have entered the league’s Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN.
Eric Smith: official word from Raptors PR: “personnel update, Tuesday, Dec. 21 – Fred VanVleet and Malachi Flynn have joined Pascal Siakam, Gary Trent Jr. and Dalano Banton in COVID protocols.”
Chris Kirschner: Trae Young is still in health and safety protocols. He’s also the only Hawks player in health and safety protocols.
Brad Turner: Lakers say that Talen Horton-Tucker and Dwight Howard have been cleared out of the NBA’s Health & Safety Protocols. Both are available to play tonight vs Suns.
Shams Charania: Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. entered health and safety protocols, team says.
Shams Charania: Minnesota’s Jarred Vanderbilt and Patrick Beverley have entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Chris Grenham: The Celtics will almost certainly have to go get more replacement players as both of their two-way players are currently in the protocols. Luke Kornet and Theo Pinson have already signed elsewhere off of Maine’s roster. There will be plenty of movement throughout the day today.
“I’ve been getting calls from our players all day – ‘Michele, are they going to cancel Christmas (games)?,’” National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts said Sunday. “People are concerned about who would ultimately be available to play. And the answer is, I don’t know. .. it is, obviously, concerning. There are some questions right now about some of our so-called marquee players’ availability to be able to play on Christmas. That’s our day, and we’d hate to not be able to continue to own that day, But one might ask the question – if your marquee guys are all in quarantine, is it worth playing those games, or should those games be, if they can be, postponed? No one’s asked me. But at this point, I think it’s still coming down to prayer.”
It’s the renewed anxiety about having to go through this again, just as crowds had returned to the league after a year-plus of playing in empty buildings. “We thought we’d gone through the worst, and the notion it might not be the worst is pretty spooky,” Roberts said. “We had, what, 97, 98 percent vax rate. … We thought we’ve done all that’s humanly possible, and we’ll be able to plow through the season. And all of a sudden, it’s worse than it was before. There’s a certain amount of, I guess, depression – now, what else?”
Keith Smith: Talked to one front office executive and he said after the roster amendment agreement, last night and this morning “Have been like the end of the Draft. Everyone is scrambling for the same players and pitching them on why their team is best. It’s exactly like camp signings.”
Jorge Sierra: HoopsHype is Monty Williams’ go-to place to get depressed about the growing number of COVID cases in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/GAaAzCKnQd
Mike Singer: Rivers continued: “We had to do a whole new scouting report … They’re saying names that … I didn’t even know who I was guarding. I was guarding anonymous” … Lol. Austin’s going off.
Mike Singer: Austin Rivers on his IG live, with how the league is trending: “You bout to see 6-foot-8 ******* in cubicles. Guys gonna have real jobs.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA is postponing the Cleveland-Atlanta game tonight, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen is one of the five players entering the league’s Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN. Allen’s having an All-Star-caliber season with averages of 16.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
Shams Charania: Sources: Philadelphia-New Orleans tonight appears in jeopardy: Andre Drummond and Shake Milton have entered COVID-19 protocols, joining Georges Niang. Furkan Korkmaz (illness) and three others are out and Danny Green, Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey are questionable to play.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs reserve Josh Green has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He had previously been listed as out due to illness. Now two Mavs (Reggie Bullock) in protocols.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Cleveland Cavaliers have a Covid outbreak on their roster and fears exist that they will struggle to have the league’s minimum eight players available to play vs. Atlanta tonight, sources tell ESPN. Five players tested positive this morning.
Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Trae Young has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brad Turner: Lakers coach Frank Vogel has entered NBA health safety protocols, the team announced. Also, Kent Bazemore has entered the health and safety protocols. Assistant David Fizdale will assume head duties for the interim, the Lakers said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Trae Young has entered the league’s Covid protocols, sources tell ESPN.
“Then I started getting a little bit of body aches, then you get headaches, next thing you know I’m draining my nose, next thing you know I’m breathing really, really heavy at night,” Rivers told The Denver Post ahead of Friday night’s game against the Hawks, his first with the team since Nov. 29. “Especially at night, I was really struggling a little bit to where I started getting really nervous and scared,” he said. “And then mentally, it plays on your head. Now that you know you have this and you’re breathing hard, you’re overdoing it. I’m thinking crazy, ‘Is it going to get better, or like, what’s going on here?’”
The six players with COVID-19 are the youngest players on their roster. Two of them were drafted this year, two last year, one in 2019 and the other in 2018. All the Knicks are vaccinated. According to a source, almost none of them have experienced any legitimate symptoms. Last season, the Knicks’ two COVID-19 cases experienced symptoms — Derrick Rose and Alec Burks.
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A Knicks fan claimed that Julius Randle had him kicked out of FTX Arena in Miami earlier this week for heckling the slumping forward. Earlier this month, Randle was fined $25,000 for saying a thumbs-down gesture was intended to say “shut the f-ck up” to booing fans at Madison Square Garden.
A caller to WFAN’s “Carton & Roberts” who identified himself as Dylan from Miami said he had “a horrible experience” at Wednesday’s road loss to the Heat. The fan said he was seated behind the visiting bench with his girlfriend when he stood up in the second quarter and yelled “Hey Randle, you get a $118 million contract and this is what I get? The fans get a thumbs down, this is what we get?” The fan insisted during the call that he said “nothing personal” or profane, but he was issued a warning after Randle pointed him out to arena security.