Bradley Bell Washington said Wizards “Fight League” Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks with only eight players available and six Wizards on the sidelines of the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocol.
After a nine-day hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak within the team that led to five matches being postponed, the Wizards were finally allowed to return to training on Wednesday evening. But coach Scott Brooks said the team only had eight players and they made light shots.
“We haven’t been in the gym for a week,” said Bale, whose team has not played since January 11 against the Phoenix Suns. “It changes the rhythm and shape of players – that’s just like the injury recipe, honestly. I think we’re fighting in the league over that.”
With no healthy bodies and a little bit of conditioning, Bill said he and Russell Westbrook I planned to speak with Michelle Roberts, CEO of the National Basketball Association, about the Wizards’ options for staying safe.
Bale said that in addition to the Wizards’ desire to remain injury-free, players across the league have “mixed feelings” about wanting to continue playing and making money while keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.
“We already have young men injured,” Bill said. “Now we have a large portion of our team, like over 50%, with the virus now … We hear from the league tonight, we hear from them tomorrow and see what they want to do.”
The Wizards, which is scheduled to begin a four-match road trip in Milwaukee, is listed on Friday Davis BertansAnd the Roy HashimuraAnd the Deni AvdijaAnd the Troy Brown Jr.. , Ish Smith And the Moritz Wagner Out of game against the Bucks due to health and safety protocols.
Westbrook (quad) reassessed this week and is still out Thomas Bryant (ACL left) out of season. Westbrook did some light work on the field Wednesday night and will be traveling with the squad on their next road trip. But Brooks said he was not sure when Westbrook would be out of the game.
Brooks said the team was not able to train until Wednesday evening. The Wizards are scheduled to train again on Thursday morning about 15 to 16 hours between the two sessions before playing the Bucks.
“This puts us in a very difficult position for the Friday night match,” Brooks said. “If they let us play the game, then obviously we will play the game. I don’t know how we will be able to play it but we will do our best, whatever the league tells us to do. I believe in the league.”
The Memphis Grizzlies-Portland Trail Blazers match Wednesday night became the 16th game that the NBA has postponed this season.
“[COVID-19] “About everyone. That’s not a hoax. There are over 400,000 Americans,” Brooks said [who] He died with this virus. We take it seriously. You are clearly worried. “