According to several American media, two assistant coaches of NBA teams were not allowed to join the Orlando “bubble”, which is to host the rest of the 2019-2020 season, from the end of July. This is Lionel Hollins (66) of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Yahoo Sports, and Jeff Bzdelik (67), who officiates at the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Both men are not affected by the coronavirus, but their age automatically places them in a risk category. Doubt also remains regarding Alvin Gentry (65), the Pelicans’ head coach.
Risky situation for Popovich and D’Antoni
Two other NBA team coaches engaged in the rest of the season are also part of a category at risk of contamination: Mike D’Antoni (69), who heads the Houston Rockets, and Gregg Popovich (71) ), who officiates at the San Antonio Spurs.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday his team had struggled to finalize the list of 36 people due to travel to Orlando because ” there are several members of our management that we will not be able to fit into the “ bubble ” “. According to ESPN, Lionel Hollins will work remotely with the management of the Lakers.