Los Angeles Clippers head coach Ty Lue has entered COVID-19 protocols, the team announced on Friday. Assistant coach Brian Shaw will act as interim head coach until Lue can return.
Lue is the 10th head coach to enter protocols this season. Doc Rivers (Philadelphia 76ers), Michael Malone (Denver Nuggets), Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns), Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers) and Billy Donovan (Chicago Bulls), are all currently in protocols. . Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers), Alvin Gentry (Sacramento Kings) and Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) approved the protocols earlier in December.
The NBA and NBPA recently adopted amended quarantine procedures for players and coaches in protocols. Depending on their cycle threshold, those who test positive may be eligible to return in six days instead of the previously established 10 days.
“We always measure viral loads with our PCR tests, it’s part of the protocol,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a recent interview. “And so that’s something… not just our doctors, but the medical community is watching. First, I think they’re already realizing that you can get away from the 10-day protocol when you have players vaccinated and boosted. It seems that the virus passes through their systems faster. They not only become asymptomatic, but, more importantly, they no longer spread the virus. This is the real concern, in terms of (spreading the virus to) others. actively seek to shorten the number of days a player is absent before they can return to the pitch. “
What complicates things for Lue, however, is that his positive test came in Canada before the Clippers’ game against the Toronto Raptors. The Canadian government is implementing much stricter rules such as limiting capacity at sporting events and banning unvaccinated players from entering the country from January 15. In addition, they recommend that people with COVID-19 “self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms for a symptomatic case, or from the date a positive sample is taken for a case. asymptomatic. “
The Clippers have six games over the next 10 days, starting with that game against the Raptors. They currently have four players in the Protocols, including Ivica Zubac and Brandon Boston Jr.