NBA looking to crackdown on unnecessary postgame contact

from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

After witnessing some opposing players disregarding new league rules against unnecessary contact on game nights, the NBA is moving team security into the midcourt area to dissuade violations that include hugging and handshakes, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN on Wednesday.

As infections for the coronavirus increased amid a darkening pandemic, the NBA recently tightened regulations on player and staffs, including several meant to lessen the possibility of on-court transmissions.

Despite those changes, there were still instances of traditional players’ contact in postgame scenarios, which led the NBA to issue a memo on Wednesday reaffirming the rules that require teams to remain on their half of the court in pregame and halftime warmups, and limits to physical contact that include only elbow or fist bumps. High-fives, hugs and handshakes aren’t allowed, nor are extended conversations post-game.

The NBA postponed its 16th regular-season game Tuesday — the Memphis Grizzlies at the Portland Trail Blazers. This time, the reason was because of ongoing contact tracing within the Grizzlies.

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