As the 2020-21 NBA season makes its approach, the league has now amplified the penalties any team can sustain for breaching the COVID-19 protocols, which can now result in a match forfeiting and even loss of draft picks.
NBA teams can now get penalised with a match and/or draft pick loss
Like all sports leagues around the world, the NBA has implemented a number of COVID protocols that is mandatory for the players and staffs of each team to comply to inhibit any spread of the virus within the contingent and has brought about multiple ways to penalise in case the rules are not followed.
“Protocol violations that result in COVID-19 spread that requires adjustments to the NBA game schedule or otherwise impacts any other team may subject the violating team to additional penalties, which may include fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft choices, and/or game forfeiture,” the official protocols document read.
The NBA is also slated to have a discussion with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) regarding the necessity of a Coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available and will make it mandatory to get the shots.
However, at present, the league has made it mandatory for all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel, meaning the players, coaches and staffs to avoid indoor gatherings of 15 or more people and a complete prohibition of bars, lounges, clubs and other places of entertainment and public gatherings.
As the preseason kicks off this Friday, the players and coaches will undergo daily tests, as well as mandatory checks for their family members with voluntary PCR testing twice each week.
“We’re just trying to follow the guidelines, do it as best we can,” Steve Kerr, Golden State coach stated earlier this week, “It’s not easy, but everybody’s got to go through it. We’re just trying to navigate our way through it.”
The regular 2020-21 NBA season is scheduled to kick off from 22nd December.