Doc Rivers cautious as league looks to restart play: ‘I’m worried, because you should be’


As the NBA continues to try to figure out how to resume its suspended season, some teams are taking their first steps by re-opening their training facilities. But because of the still very real health risk posed by the coronavirus, they have to do this with extreme caution,

Los Angeles Clippers This is one of the teams that are opening, and although in some ways exciting to have the opportunity to return to the gym, head coach Doc Rivers is not quite happy with the situation. In an extensive interview with The Athletic, Rivers, 58, spoke about his concern about life in general right now.

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“I worry because you have to be. I'm not smart enough to know what the virus is or does. We know that it affects most people when they are in a group, and this does not affect you at all when you are yourself. Do you know? We already know that. Listen, I'm not young (58), but I think I'm young enough … I don't know. May I say that I do it without fear Of course not. You should experience some fear in all of this … so far (no vaccine), no one can tell me that they are going to do something, and feel comfortable doing it. I just don’t know how we reach the goal. "

He also explained how the virus and the necessary precautions that the teams need to take already affect the team. Assistant coach Armond Hill, who is 67 years old, will not be able to be on the site, working with players. This is not going to make or break the season, but as the Clippers situation shows, there is definitely an advantage to having young coaches right now.

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“Armond would be such a wonderful teacher. He would be one of the guys who do this. But he is not going to do it. And he is upset. He wants to go to work. And I said: “Well, I understand that. But we will not let you do this. We just can't. I can’t live with it. ”

Most of the discussion about the return of the sport is focused on the problems with the big picture, and for good reason. But when you really delve into the details, you realize how difficult it would be to return to a safe game, and even then, what impact these precautions would have on the teams.

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And Rivers is not the only one who is worried about how senior coaches and staff will be included in proposals to resume the season; leaders throughout the league expressed similar concerns on this issue,

However, one thing to keep in mind: despite the apparent unwillingness of Rivers, he will still be preparing for the season. As the weeks pass, and coaches and players continue to face the risk and inconvenience of re-opening in this way, it will be interesting if someone gets up and says that it’s not worth it and that the game should not resume.

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