Knicks Struck with Depth Issues
COVID-19 and safety precautions continue to affect all aspects of daily life. These precautions are felt even more prominently in circles where close-contact and proximity cannot be avoided in sports venues and sports teams.
The Knicks have recently been dealt a severe blow to their depth chart with Immanuel Quickley joining four other teammates, Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes and Kevin Knox, in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and protocols on December 17, 2021.
In order for the Knicks to recover these players back to their depth charts, they must first be cleared by safety officials. Coaches and players are not taking the protocols lightly, either, as Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said, “Safety is first. So whatever we have to do, we’re going to do.”
The Knicks were even further debilitated when guard Derrick Rose left the court against the Rockets on December 16, 2021. Rose did not return to the game remaining on the bench for the entire second half of the game.
Though COVID-19 is ransacking the NBA at present, the Knicks seem to be a team feeling massive blows from a culmination of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, injuries, and lack of depth.
To add perspective to it all, after dropping 24 points in a resounding win over the Houston Rockets on December 16, 2021, Quickley said,
“It’s definitely crazy right now. I’ve been showering with my mask on.”
However, Quickley more than likely was joking as he is known to conduct interviews with his mask sitting on his chin rather than over his mouth and nose.
That is not to say that Quickley does not take COVID-19 protocols seriously as he also said, “So really for me, I got to trust God and hopefully he keeps me safe and try to take all the precautions I can. I’ve never kept my mask on like this. It’s something unpredictable.”
Unfortunately, despite the statistics Quickley has garnered over this past season with averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds over a span of 29 appearances (at the time), his faith, and adherence to precautions, he did in fact test positive for COVID-19.
The NBA and COVID-19
The NBA and its teams are facing massive obstacles to overcome with their close-proximity venues and aspect of play. Teams have to test frequently for COVID to be able to play, otherwise they must be cleared for play.
During the height of the pandemic, the NBA was one of the only leagues seemingly scoffing in the face of the disease as they utilized various technologies such as remote and Zoom audiences to allow spectators to watch the games. Now, it seems the NBA may need to adjust fire yet again as more and more players are testing positive for the disease.
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