New NBA protocol divides players: “I’m an adult and I can do whatever I want”

New NBA protocol divides players: “I’m an adult and I can do whatever I want”

NBA George Hill is contrary, while other players like Marc or Lillard assume it

El tightening of the health protocol of the NBA to try to avoid the rapid spread of Covid-19 has caused a fraction among NBA players who have divided among those who assume the new norms to try to safeguard the season and those who interpret that the league has been too harsh and restrictive on liberties of the players.

It is the case of all a veteran like George Hill. The Thunder base, who led the boycott that was about to blow up the Orlando bubble, has expressed his discomfort at the new rules and has not held his tongue to talk about what he plans to do without fear of possible reprisals.

“I’m a grown man, so I’m going to do whatever I want. If I want to go see my family, I’m going to go see my family. They can’t tell me what I’m going to do … If it’s that serious, maybe We shouldn’t be playing, “said the veteran player after the Thunder’s game against Spurs,”I do not understand some of these rules. We can sweat next to others for 48 minutes, but after that we can’t even talk to them, no?”.

Other players like Damian Lillard They know that they have to accept the new rules of the game, although they admit their doubts about the suitability of continuing the season given the increase in cases in the United States. “It’s hard to think about that, but if we don’t accept that this is the way it has to be, we lose a lot of things like health or our contracts.”

“You understand that the rules they are setting are in everyone’s best interest.”Marc Gasol commented after the Lakers’ victory over the Rockets in the last game played by the Los Angeles entity. “When it comes to the games, we are all pretty under control, we all have people who make sure we follow the protocols. I think Los Angeles County is even tighter than the NBA so far so we’ve been following that. ”

The Spanish player, however, pointed out the difficulties that players and coaches may have when it comes to controlling their environment in their free time. Especially those who have families. “You can’t keep your family at home: they go outside, they go to play in the park, you get packages at home … It’s hard to be 100 percent (sure), so we do the best we can”, the Lakers player said.

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Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.