George Hill denounces NBA’s new COVID-19 protocols

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Oklahoma City Thunder goalie George Hill had some strong words regarding the NBA’s new COVID-19 protocols.

The 2008 first-round pick came out after the NBA announced stricter guidelines to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“I am a grown man. I will do whatever I want to do. If I want to go see my family, I’m going to go see my family, ”Hill said. “They can’t tell me I have to stay in a room 24/7. If it’s that bad then maybe we shouldn’t be playing. But that’s life; no one will be able to cancel their whole life for this game. “

The new guidelines say players should avoid prolonged socializing, they can’t leave their hotel rooms when they’re on the road, and they can’t interact with non-team customers at home. hotel.

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“We want to play the game… but I don’t understand some rules,” Hill said.

Players must now wear a face shield on the bench at all times, and coaches and staff must wear a face shield at all times during a game.

Pre-match locker room meetings are now limited to a maximum of ten minutes.

“It’s hard, obviously, not to be used to all the protocols and all the rules, but for me personally that’s what is needed,” said Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder goaltender. . “I am ready to do whatever it takes to get rid of this COVID problem. If that means wearing my mask on the bench all the time, then it is, and I have to.

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The NBA has seen an increase in the number of players who test positive, with several teams having to cancel games due to a lack of eligible players.

Wednesday’s Jazz-Wizards, Tuesday’s Celtics-Bulls, and Monday’s Mavericks-Pelicans games have all been postponed due to COVID-19.

Life outside of the bubble has proven to be more than difficult for the league.

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