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Report: NBA allowing coaches and staff, but only some, to bring guests into bubble

Nuggets coach Michael Malone

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 07: Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter against the LA Clippers in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 07, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens and the Clippers reportedly pushed privately for coaches to be allowed to bring family to the bubble. Fed up, Nuggets coach Michael Malone demanded publicly.

Finally, the NBA is relenting.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Teams were allowed to bring 37 people, including up to 17 players, to the bubble. So, that means at least 20 staff members.

And just 10 staff guests.

Which staff members get to bring guests? Which staff members get to bring multiple guests? Which staff members get no guest because another staff member brought multiple guests?

The intra-team politics could get complicated.

Because this is a complicated situation.

It’s difficult to be separated from family and friends for months. But limiting the number of entrants is a key way to prevent coronavirus from infiltrating the bubble.

Will this compromise satisfy anyone? Ten staff members per conference-finals team -- at most. Even some of them won’t get their full desired guest allotment.