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League To Tighten Contact Rules In Face Of Wave Of Coronavirus Cases

Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news via Twitter.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA is looking to stem the tide of positive coronavirus cases by limiting social interactions on the court, including physical touching between both rivals and teammates.

The league also plans to regulate players’ possible outside contacts as well.

He also announced that the league plans to crack down on maskwearing on the bench by both coaches and players.

The news come on the heels of the postponement of multiple games around the league. The Miami Heat were supposed to play the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but the Heat did not have the requisite eight players available. On Monday, the NBA announced that the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans would not play, and the matchup of the Celtics and Chicago Bulls on Tuesday was also postponed. The league announced this morning that the game between the Celtics and the Orlando Magic on Wednesday has been postponed as well. Multiple teams are struggling to have enough players to suit up.

The NBA has scheduled an emergency meeting of its Board of Governors for Tuesday.