COVID & the NBA

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by illmatic99, Dec 16, 2021.

  1. illmatic99

    illmatic99 formerly yuyuza1

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    -Toronto just went to 50% capacity in the stands.
    -10 of 15 Bulls players have tested positive.
    -Hornets/Nets/Kings all have major outbreaks. Philly just recently got out of theirs.
    -Gentry of Sac and Carlisle of Indy tested positive among coaching ranks.

    Shutdown coming? The league got greedy in playing a regular 82 game schedule with no room for breaks. We might be seeing a repeat of the 2020-21 season again.

    How this hasn't reached Portland is a mystery to me. Geoff Clark must legitimately be doing an amazing job (did I just jinx everyone?). As far as I know, Nas Little remains the lone player who got it as a Blazer and everyone is fully vaccinated, with quite a few players boosted. Maybe @THE HCP can give insight into what other protocols Portland is following outside the league mandated ones to be able control any potential outbreaks (so far)?
     
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    EL PRESIDENTE Tribal Chief

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    I'm guessing a lot of these outbreaks come from players going to "the club", which Portland doesn't really have, nor do they have the culture of party guys.
     
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    illmatic99 formerly yuyuza1

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    Possible. Also have noticed (on video anyway) that mask compliance is much higher in Moda compared to other arenas. I still don't feel comfortable going to games.
     
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    Lamarcus Aldridge is one of the Nets out and he's no clubber....more likely fans have been out clubbing than him.....people have crowded venues again since vaccinations have been available and haven't really followed mask, hand washing and social distancing protocols for this new wave that spreads 70X faster than the Delta one. I know my son's friends have loosened up and starting gathering together and partying more...tailgating, etc....I've warned him that that is premature but it's not a priority for many people after being locked down for so long...
     
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    illmatic99 formerly yuyuza1

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    (not so minor) correction: 70x faster, which is 7000%.
     
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    fixed ...good catch
     
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    Hoopguru spent money on booze broads boats wasted rest

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    I heard an epidemiologist on CNN this am that we will be chasing covid for years. He didn't really elaborate other than the world we live in now needs to adjust and get vaccinated like we do for the flu.
     
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    There are a lot of unknown's with this virus...especially long term affects after contracting it...It could be that gathering for events in large crowds may not be healthy practice at all moving forward...I know the lockdown virtually made the common cold and flu invisible just from kids not going to school or adults going to indoor gatherings and with the mask wearing and hand washing....personally I've lost my taste for being in crowded places ever again.
     
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    What I have noticed being on the road is the flat out non acknowledgment of this pandemic. Phoenix, Houston, wherever we are.....flat out people everywhere without masks. We walk through hotel lobbies with 50 people just NOT wearing masks. Pool parties, lobby bars, wherever. All grouped together like they found the cure.

    Geoff Clark has done an amazing job. To have this thrown into his lap is unimaginable. We have a couple nurses that meet us on the road occasionally for tests. The team/traveling party has been spread out from 2 busses to 3. Testing and us having to check in on a mobile app daily with our current health status through the NBA I believe helps. But all this can't keep one person from going out to a restaurant on a road trip in a city that doesn't give a fuck and then that player brings it back to the whole plane.

    We are off Saturday to Memphis and New Orleans. I haven't been to these cities since this whole thing started, but if it's anything like the cities down south I HAVE been to.....this could really start o get even worse than it is.

    All I know is, if there are no games, @THE HCP get's no paycheck. So this stuff is some serious shit.

    Actually I wonder if they started not letting people pay their bills and get groceries unless they got vaccinated and wore a mask.....if that might change the way they do shit.
     
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    thanks for the insight. do you have any gauge on the amount of staff/players that have been boosted?
     
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    Maybe its time to lock the players and staff down from any social or group settings until we know what's going on.
     
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    The league and NBAPA are working on shit like that right now. For the most part the players have been very smart about trying to continue to make as much money as possible during this short window of their lives by making the sacrifices necessary to keep this train from grinding to a halt. I think they will continue to be open to inconveniencing themselves as long as they can continue to capitalize on a very unique earning opportunity in their twenties and thirties.
     
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    think that was a once in the lifetime thing. the lengths the league went to to arrange that are not easy to replicate. a pause like we saw in March 2020 is far more likely, I think.
     
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    TV revenue so outweighs attendance revenue that the owners can still make it by, by taking a break, finishing the season without attendance and cutting the players pay by the percent of revenue they lose from attendance. I think that is likely what's going to happen but I also think life is incredibly unpredictable and we just have to ride it out, wait and see.
     
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    maybe hasnt reached us because we have been home and. It on the road with more outside contact?

    def. Concerning though.
    Let it close give us the pottery pick, Dame surgery and plan for next season.
     
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    If we get pottery picks I want the clay bong
     
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    Nasty! Clay is the worst! Glass is the only way!
     
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