David Weiss Rumors
“We know there are going to be challenges and bumps, but so far things are good and we’re optimistic that we have a plan that we can work through those challenges and bumps,” said David Weiss, the N.B.A.’s vice president of player matters. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said: “We won’t be able to eliminate cases and outbreaks. But if we can minimize them, then hopefully it can be as close to a normal season as possible.”
“We expected that the numbers would go down during this first phase of testing, as people started following the protocols,” Weiss said. “At the same time, we know that doesn’t mean that we won’t have cases. We know we’re not in the clear, and we can’t get complacent. We have to stay vigilant with the protocols. That’s how we succeed.”
At the Brooklyn Nets’ celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year on Jan. 29, Silver asked Dr. David Ho, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 1996 for his groundbreaking work in treating the HIV virus, to start advising the league on COVID-19. Senior vice president David Weiss began preparing a memo to distribute to teams, alerting them to the growing threat and providing guidance on how to prepare for it.
On Jan. 31 — just days after the outbreak in China had forced the Chinese Basketball Association to shut down, and five days after Bryant’s death — Weiss delivered his first memo to teams: “In light of the global reach of the NBA and frequent travel of teams and staff, we are closely monitoring the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) both in the United States and internationally,” Weiss wrote.
On Feb. 29, at the same time California, New York and Washington State had documented community spread of the virus, Weiss instructed each team to open communication with local public health officials, infectious disease specialists and a local medical center “to be able to provide evaluations for COVID-19 in the case where there is suspicion of exposure to, or symptoms.” If there was a reason to test a player, coach or staffer for COVID-19, the NBA should be lined up to act quickly. Stephen Curry was believed to have been the first player to have taken a test for the virus. On March 7, the Golden State Warriors said he’d tested positive for influenza-A and didn’t have COVID-19.