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COVID-19 and basketball
NCAA have announced they're preparing to go ahead with fan-less games for upcoming championship events. Staff and family only in attendance.
The Warriors will soon play sans-crowd:
The Warriors, league sources say, will be directed to play host to the Nets on Thursday night at Chase Center in a game CLOSED to fans
The Golden State Warriors are planning to play foreseeable home games without fans in observance of the San Francisco Health Office's order prohibiting group of events of 1K or more from assembling, source tells ESPN.Robin Lopez meanwhile...
If we don't have fans, we don't need mascots...has COVID-19 done what I couldn't?
Americans contracted with Chinese basketball teams have been summoned to return to China and prepare for resumption of the league after a 14-day quarantine. Sources tell ESPN that many players are refusing to return due to safety concerns.
While the Chinese Basketball Association has taken a measured approach, the tone from CBA teams is becoming increasingly hostile, threatening lifetime bans for players who refuse to return and loss of league agency licenses for 2-3 years for their representation.