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No spitting, no congregating - six rules on NBA in Disney from a reportedly leaked NBPA memo

No spitting, no congregating - six rules on NBA in Disney from a reportedly leaked NBPA memo

Several details of how the NBA plans to resume it's 2019-20 season under a bubble-like atmosphere next month in Orlando were released on Tuesday in a health and safety manual sent by the NBPA to its players. 

The Athletic's Shams Charania obtained the memo, and detailed several things that will be different as the league hopes to restart the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are five noteworthy things from the memo:

1. No spitting or congregating

According to the memo, players are not allowed to spit, clear their throat, lick their hands or wipe the ball with their jersey while they are on the court. Additionally, no players are allowed to unnecessarily touch their mouthguards (it's a good thing Steph Curry isn't playing).

2. Testing right away

Upon arrival in Orlando, which teams will do over a three-day span from July 7-9, players will remain isolated in their rooms until they return two negative PCR tests with over 24 hours in between each one.

Until then, all players will remain in their hotel rooms.

3. Proximity alarm

The league is requiring all team and league staff to wear a proximity alarm, which will buzz if one person who is wearing the alarm stands within six feet of another person wearing the alarm for five seconds or more.

This is being implemented to maintain the six-foot distance between people to properly social distance, according to the CDC's guidelines.

While this alarm is mandatory for all team and league staff, it is reportedly optional for players.


4. Oura smart ring

In addition to the proximity alarm, players are given the choice to wear an Oura smart ring, should they choose to do so. This ring may help detect whether players are experiencing early symptoms of the coronavirus.

Additionally, this ring will keep track of each player's temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and other measures.


5. Dining

Players are not allowed to eat meals with players from other teams until Phase 4B of the Disney Plan, which begins at the earliest July 9 and goes through July 21. 

During this phase, players will be allowed to eat with non-teammates, but all meals must be eaten outside.

Until the end of Phase 4B, players are asked to keep contact with players that are residing outside of their hotels to a minimum.

6. Fans?

While there won't be any spectators from outside the bubble in attendance, players are allowed to attend other team's games. 

Instead of having to rely on just film, players can watch the action live from just several feet away. In-person scouting has just gone to a completely new level.

Bonus: No one is permitted to leave campus, but the league expects the majority of players to stay on the grounds.

Wizards star John Wall said he would not partake in the league's restart even if he was not battling injuries. The Wizards will enter the bubble with the worst record and face an uphill climb to break into the 5.5 game deficit they face for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. 

You can read The Athletic's full report on the memo here.

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Wizards' losing has created bizarre situation in NBA standings, lottery odds

Wizards' losing has created bizarre situation in NBA standings, lottery odds

The NBA only taking 22 teams to Orlando for its restart had the potential for some really strange things to shake out in the standings and now that the Wizards have started out 0-4, those possibilities are being realized.

Just look at the East right now. The Wizards are technically not eliminated from the playoffs, yet they have a worse record than the Charlotte Hornets, who are eliminated from postseason contention.


Notice the 'e's.' When else would you see something like that? Maybe in college football, if a team loses postseason eligibility, but continues on playing games. 

Those standings, though, are just an odd element of some extraordinary circumstances as the NBA did what it could to resume playing basketball. Things could get much more real when it comes to the draft lottery.

By losing to the Sixers on Wednesday, the Wizards dropped below the Hornets in terms of win percentage, as you see above. Washington now has the eighth-worst record in the NBA.


But because the league changed the lottery rules for the restart, the Wizards would have the ninth-best lottery odds if the season ended today. The bottom eight teams, including Charlotte, are cemented in where they stood when the league shut down on March 11.


What that would mean if it holds up is a strange situation on lottery night. The Wizards could have fewer ping pong balls than a team that has a better record than them. They could even slide past the Bulls if they keep losing and have worse odds than two teams with better records than theirs.

On lottery night, it will be the difference of a few percentage points, which on the face of it might not seem all that important. Here is how the odds break down for the No. 7 through 9 teams:

7th-best odds - 7.5 % chance at No. 1 pick, 31.9 % chance at top-4
8th-best odds - 6.0 % chance at No. 1 pick, 26.2 % chance at top-4
9th-best odds - 4.5 % chance at No. 1 pick, 20.2 % chance at top-4

As you see there, the Wizards would only be missing out on either 1.5% or 3.0% in terms of odds to get the No. 1 pick. But when you add the percentages up for the top-four selections, their odds are affected by as much as 11.7 percent. That is fairly substantial.

The thing is, however, it could work both ways. The Wizards could be hurt by the lottery odds, but still end up getting lucky by staying at ninth. The ninth spot in the lottery could yield them a really high draft pick and therefore make Chicago or Charlotte wish the rules were different.

But just consider how things went in last year's draft lottery, the first under the new system of rules. The No. 1 pick went to the team that had the seventh-best odds, the New Orleans Pelicans. The No. 2 pick went to the team with the eighth-best odds, the Memphis Grizzlies. And the team with the ninth-best odds, the Atlanta Hawks, fell a spot to land at No. 10.

The No. 1 pick was Zion Williamson, the No. 2 pick was Ja Morant and the No. 10 pick was Cam Reddish. That is a huge difference.

If the same class was available this year, and the lottery shook out the same way, the Wizards would pick 10th and come away feeling like they got robbed of Williamson or Morant, both of whom appear to be generational players. That would be a stroke of bad luck that would take years, if not decades, to get over.

This draft does not seem to have that type of talent at the top, depending on how you feel about guys like James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball. But it's still an NBA draft and every year there are future All-Stars available. Most years there are future Hall of Famers to be had.

All of this may not matter much, or it could matter a lot. In the most extreme scenario, it could legitimately have a major effect on the future course of the league.

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GM Tommy Sheppard says John Wall dunk video only a glimpse of what he's able to do

GM Tommy Sheppard says John Wall dunk video only a glimpse of what he's able to do

Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard has been following John Wall's recovery from Achilles surgery every step of the way and continues to now even though he is inside the bubble in Orlando while Wall is working out near his offseason home in Miami.

Sheppard gets daily updates on Wall's progress, so he wasn't surprised to see Wall throw down a 360-degree dunk the other day in a video that went viral on social media. Sheppard has seen much more than that, as he explained on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Postgame Live on Wednesday night.

"The video that John posted is nothing compared to what he's doing behind closed doors, which we're very tuned in with. We have a coach down there working him out," Sheppard said.

Sheppard isn't necessarily making some big proclamation there. What he likely means is Wall is looking good playing in scrimmage situations, that he's in good shape and gearing up to start training camp in just a few months.


Sheppard has been keeping tabs on Wall, plus Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans. Beal is out of the NBA's restart due to a shoulder injury and Bertans sat out to preserve his stock for free agency. 


All three have been in contact with players and coaches to offer their thoughts on how the team has fared in their games so far.

"[I see] what Bradley's doing to get his shoulder right... Davis, he's working out with his national team in Latvia and doing what he's supposed to do," Sheppard said. "I have a great deal [of confidence] in that when we leave here, we have three pretty good players who aren't here. We have a good idea of what we need to do in the offseason with those guys being there."

Wall and Beal will be back next year, that we know. Bertans is a question mark given he is set to be an unrestricted free agent. The Wizards consider him their No. 1 offseason priority, NBC Sports Washington was told.

If he does come back, he will play on a team that should have Wall and Beal back fully healthy and ready to go.

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