LOS ANGELES (UNITED STATES) – “To play matches without the fans? Impossible. I don't play . " The champion of the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James , thus speaks about the possibility that the NBA decides to play some games behind closed doors, for the emergency related to the coronavirus.
Coronavirus, NBA basketball games could be played behind closed doors.
As adnkronos.com writes, Coronavirus has also arrived in the United States and professional sports leagues have to deal with it. After the notice a few days ago to educate the players on the best practices to follow, the NBA distributed another note to the 30 teams asking to prepare for the possibility of playing some games behind closed doors.
In particular, teams must identify what actions are needed to play matches without spectators in the stands and what is defined as an "essential staff" to play the matches, excluding members of the media and other people who normally attend the arenas.
Not an announcement of a decision already made, but a plan to be found ready in case it is necessary to close the doors to be able to carry on the championship, as is also happening in Europe and especially in Italy.
In addition to having to quickly and effectively communicate who is needed to play behind closed doors, teams must also prepare to conduct temperature checks on players, staff members and referees (source adnkronos.com).
Source: Blitz Quotidiano