Report: Mike D’Antoni passed evaluation similar to one that’d allow him to coach Rockets in bubble
The NBA and coaches have drawn games in the debate over the treatment of older coaches - such as Gregg Popovich (71) from Spurs, Mike D'Antoni (68) from Rockets and Alvin Gentry (65) from Pelicans - when the league resumed You in Disney World amid the coronavirus pandemic
The league's recently released protocols - including medical assessments of participants - have not ended the standoff
Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN:
D’Antoni recently shared the same medical information that League doctors would evaluate with an independent doctor in Houston, and was given permission to coach the missiles when they restarted in Orlando.
Think of this as a second opinion before the main opinion is given. D’Antoni is clearly trying to show that training in Disney World is safe for him - if NBA doctors find anything else, they are the ones who are wrong.
D’Antoni also has the support of Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey.
There are compelling cases where trainers should determine their own risk tolerance. On the other hand, there is no way around people who are at higher risk of more serious symptoms if they develop coronavirus (including people aged 65 and over): it would look very bad for the NBA if a trainer got into Disney World Coronavirus get and die.
So the debate continues. Lowe and Wojnarowski have more on the relevant legal opinions.
Report: Mike D’Antoni passed a similar review that allowed him to coach Rockets in Bubble, which was originally published on NBCSports.com
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