NBA allowing team staff to have guests in “bubble”

Via bostonglobe.com

NBA coaches and staff members have been allowed to bring guests in the “bubble” starting with the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.

Staff guests will be required to quarantine for seven days upon arriving in the “bubble”, according to a memo shared with teams.

Those guests, who must be a family member or longtime friend, will travel to Orlando on a single plane or vehicle and be required to undergo daily coronavirus testing.

Additionally, each team may host no more than a total of 10 staff guests in Orlando.

Coaches weren’t previously allowed to have their family members with them on the Disney Campus, but talks about allowing guests into team hotels have been ongoing between the league and the National Basketball Coaches Association’s leadership, executive director Dave Fogel and president/Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

The NBA chose to adjust that policy after Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone voiced his displeasure in an impassioned plea last week.

Other coaches, including Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, have also been pushing for this policy change.

Players’ family members and guests have already arrived for the Eastern and Western Conference semifinals.

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