The NBA’s season is being disrupted due to the spread of COVID-19. In particular, it was confirmed that 36% of the referees were in quarantine.
On the morning of the 31st (Korean time), ESPN, an American sports media, reported that “25 out of 70 NBA referees are in quarantine.” In the match between Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder held on the 30th, only two referees were used instead of three. In particular, in this match, the coaches of both teams were isolated and could not sit on the bench. ESPN said, “The referees have been vaccinated with 100% of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the NBA is also recommending additional vaccinations.” .
The Denver Nuggets-Golden State Warriors match, which was scheduled for the 31st, was postponed because Denver did not meet the minimum 8 players required for the match. With this, the number of games postponed this season due to COVID-19 has increased to 11.
As the number of pinch hitters increased due to the spread of COVID-19, the NBA broke the record for the most players in a single season. 541 players participated in the NBA this season, exceeding the record of 540 players in a single season recorded last season. As the quarantine of players increases due to COVID-19, each team is supplementing manpower in the lower leagues or signing short-term contracts to fill the vacancy of existing players.
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