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Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers and Denver’s Michael Malone had been positioned into the NBA’s well being and security protocols Thursday, elevating the overall variety of head coaches on that coronavirus-related record to seven.

Rivers’ state of affairs was first reported by ESPN and Malone’s was first reported by The Denver Post. Rivers’ and Malone’s statuses had been confirmed to The Associated Press by individuals with direct information of every state of affairs, each talking on situation of anonymity as a result of neither coach nor their groups had revealed the matter publicly.

Rivers and Malone be part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Frank Vogel, Chicago’s Billy Donovan, Phoenix’s Monty Williams, Portland’s Chauncey Billups and Oklahoma City’s Mark Daigneault within the protocols.

Also within the protocols: round 120 gamers, as of early Thursday, together with an untold variety of different staffers from across the league — together with assistant coaches, broadcasters, referees, media relations personnel, stat crew members, athletic trainers and extra.

“This is mentally exhausting,” mentioned Portland assistant Scott Brooks, who’s filling in for Billups throughout his protocols stint.

The NBA has seen 558 gamers coming into Thursday — already a single-season document — take the courtroom this season, largely as a result of groups have had to signal dozens of replacements to hardship contracts simply to get by way of the durations of roster depletion attributable to time missed with the virus.

“It’s mindboggling,” Brooks mentioned. “There’s so many good gamers on the earth. It’s simply robust to make it. It’s robust to make it. There’s 30 groups … these guys do not even know these gamers and so they’re making an impression. They play laborious and so they understand how to play. They’re going to be NBA gamers. They simply have to discover the fitting spot.”

Entering Thursday, 10 video games have been postponed within the NBA this season for virus-related causes, the newest of these coming Wednesday when Miami — by way of a mix of gamers both coming into the protocols or having accidents — didn’t have the league-mandated eight obtainable gamers for its scheduled sport at San Antonio.

Rivers and Malone had been scheduled to work Thursday, with Philadelphia taking part in at Brooklyn and Denver planning to host Golden State. The Nuggets had been testing gamers Thursday, and people outcomes will assist decide if Denver has sufficient obtainable for that contest.

The NBA modified protocols in current weeks mandating that everybody within the bench areas should put on masks throughout video games — with the exception being head coaches. Some coaches mentioned final season that the masks, once they had to put on them, interfered with their capacity to talk with gamers and referees throughout video games.

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