Adam Silver Ponders returns to the old coach when the league returns
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that when the league started playing in Orlando on July 31, older NBA coaches may not be able to return.
In TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday night, Silver said: “…Since the closure in March, we have learned a lot about the virus, and the data largely proves this, And there are exceptions, [it is] The most vulnerable healthy person. “
“But some people have joined the league, especially some coaches. They are all senior citizens. We also know that people with basic conditions at any age are the most vulnerable.”
Silver continued: “…some coaches may not be available as substitute coaches. They may have to keep the social alienation agreement. Maybe they can be in front of the room, in the dressing room or in front of the banquet hall with whiteboards, but in actual games, We don’t want to keep them close to the players to protect them. These are issues we will continue to work hard to solve.
Director Silver’s speech was met with immediate opposition from the coach, including New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry, 65.
Gentry told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, “It doesn’t make sense. How do I coach?”
The gentleman then asked: “Are everyone under 60 years old healthy?”
Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association and Dallas Mavericks head coach, discussed this topic with Adam Silver.
“The health and safety of our coaches are paramount. NBA coaches in the 1960s or 1970s are more likely to be healthier than people in the 30s or 40s.”
“Adam assured me that we will work together to determine what is safe and fair for all of our coaches,” Karlis said.
In addition to Gentry, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (71), Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni (69), Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts (62) and Carlisle (60) will all be in Coached in July.
Several other coaches are also close to 60 years old, including Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown (59), Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers (58) and Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford (Steve Clifford) (58).
Gentry added: “If I understand, I will take risks. But, damn, I want to work with my team. That’s what they hire me for.”
Silver said the league is committed to ending the season “in a safe and responsible manner.”