NBA COVID Tracker: Wizard down to Tuesday’s top coaching option due to league protocols

With the omicron variant running rampant, the NBA roster is changing. Since the beginning of December, more than 300 players have joined the protocols, per ESPN. Thankfully, the number of players joining the roster has dropped in recent weeks.

In related news, as of December 26, stricter protocols – stricter mask requirements, increased testing – have gone into effect and any player who has not received the boost shot will be subject to additional off-court restrictions. However, daily surveillance checks on players, custodians, and “level 1” team staff (i.e. regular staff 15 feet away from players) will end as of Saturday, the 15th. January, however, according to The Athletic. More than 500 Level 1 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 this season, according to ESPN.

Another change: Some players can now clear health and safety protocols and return to competition as soon as five days after testing positive, as long as they are symptom-free, vaccinated and not potentially infectious (that is, their cycle threshold is above 30). Between the adjusted return-to-play policy and New rules force groups to use tough exceptions when multiplayer is in protocols, NBA to avoid postponing more games.

There have been 11 postponements this season, and the NBA announced the makeover date last week. Here is a list of games that have been pushed back:

Two head coaches take part in health and safety protocols: Wes Unseld Jr. (Washington Wizards) and Taylor Jenkins (Memphis Grizzlies). Washington’s assistant coach, Pat Delany, who took over Unseld, also joined the protocol. Assistant coach Joseph Blair will take over as head coach.

Thirteen other coaches – Doc Rivers (Philadelphia 76ers), Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers), Alvin Gentry (Sacramento Kings), Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers), Billy Donovan (Chicago Bulls), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns), Tyronn Lue (Los Angeles Clippers), Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Michael Malone (Denver Nuggets), Dwane Casey (Detroit Pistons) and Nate McMillan (Atlanta Hawks), Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks) and Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks) – joined and then cleared the protocols this season.

The Raptors played two home games in December at 50% capacity and as of December 31 could allow no more than 1,000 people into Scotiabank Arena, on a provincial mandate. Expected group the limit will be in place for the first three weeks of 2022, and as such, going on for a the arena is almost empty.

Here is a team-by-team, regularly updated list of players in terms of health and safety protocols, along with the dates (or, in some cases, approximate dates) they entered:

Players in health and safety protocols

Boston Celtics

Charlotte Hornets

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. (January 10)

Denver Nuggets

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Sekou Doumbouya (January 18)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Desmond Bane (January 18)
  • Kyle Anderson (January 18)
  • Killian Tillie (January 13)

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Jordan McLaughlin (January 16)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Kenrich Williams (January 10)

Portland Trail Blazers

Sacramento Kings

  • Tyrese Haliburton (January 16)

San Antonio Spurs

Utah Jazz

  • Hassan Whiteside (January 12) NBA COVID Tracker: Wizard down to Tuesday’s top coaching option due to league protocols

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