Michael Malone Denver Nugget’s coach calls out at NBA for biased visitor policy. The players along with the referees have been given permission to bring their family members into the bubble other than the coaches. Michael Malone, the head coach of Denver Nuggets has criticized the NBA’s policy that prohibits the families of coaches from stepping into the bubble-like campus near Orlando where the season restarts amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament resumes after 4 months
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the NBA canceled the tournaments in March but had to restart in July without the fans at the Walt Disney World sports complex in Florida following strict safety protocols. The guidelines set by the league for player visitor that falls into the ‘other’ category which includes girlfriends and recent acquaintances. Players did not have the permission to meet their respective families but recently they were allowed to do so, on the other hand, referees also got the opportunity to bring in a spouse or one visitor but the coaches are still not allowed. The guidelines set by the league for player visitor that falls into the ‘other’ category which includes girlfriends and recent acquaintances.
Michael Malone calls out NBA Policy biased
Michael Malone, who is the head coach of Denver Nuggets and the father two, says the NBA policy is biased in nature. Malone, 48 spoke to the media and said “The reason I bring this up is that the players have their families here, which is the right thing to do,” he further added “The referees are allowed to bring one guest, which is great. The coaches, the coaches are not allowed to bring anybody.” He said “I say: ‘Shame on you, NBA. This is crazy. I miss my family. I think I speak for me and probably all the coaches down here. Sixty days and not being granted the privilege to have my family come here is criminal in nature.”
The statement of the National Basketball Coaches Association
In a statement, the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) said that they were considering the possibility of permitting the coaches’ families to step into the bubble and if it happens, family members must follow rules laid by the league that is to stay in quarantine and then consenting to follow the same protocols applied to all NBA players and referees. No one will be given permission to leave the premises. The NBCA posted on Twitter that the problems of being staying away from families for such a long period of time can be very emotionally exhausting and talks about bringing the families of the coaches to Orlando are in an on-going process with the league office since a lot of teams are exiting the game.