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NBA sends teams medical questionnaire for players, staff going to Orlando

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CHINA - 2020/03/22: In this photo illustration the American National Basketball Association (NBA) men’s professional basketball league logo seen displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the background. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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While teams have been asked to strip their traveling parties down to about 35, that means teams will bring nearly 800 people — players, coaches, trainers, equipment staff, etc. — to Orlando for the restart of the NBA season in July.

The NBA wants to know about them and if — because of pre-existing conditions — those people would be able to participate fully or have to be limited in some way, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The most discussed of the possible restrictions came when Adam Silver said some NBA coaches older than 65 would not be able to coach on the sidelines. That three-man group includes Gregg Popovich (Spurs) at age 71, Mike D’Antoni (Rockets) at 68, and Alvin Gentry of the Pelicans (65). When he suggested this on an ESPN interview, there was immediate pushback from the teams, and the plan to keep out coaches was scrapped.

There will be coaches or staff not allowed to go to Orlando, others who will be limited, but none of them will be head coaches — that would be handicapping a team.