That's great that college basketball practice is starting! But:

should it be starting?
Are the only people who think it should not be starting, cardiologists?

[https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-doctors-concerned-about-long-term-heart-issues-for-players-who-test-positive-for-covid-19/]

[https://dailyprogress.com/news/local/uva-researcher-part-of-team-examining-impact-of-virus-on-heart-conditions/article_ab94be3d-a6a9-56a6-9081-bdcf45064f3a.html]

In an ideal world, no. In an ideal world COVID would be under control by now and we wouldn’t have to worry about it. And in an ideal world the economic fallout for the NCAA/Conferences/Networks from not playing wouldn’t outweigh the desire for there to be CBB. But it’s where we are, and athletes still have the opportunity to opt out. It’s an unfortunate situation for so many reasons, but CBB is happening and everyone who decides to participate is, at this point, responsible for taking their own health into consideration.

2 Likes

Interesting statement - “everyone who decides to participate is, at this point, responsible for taking their own health into consideration.” If I read them correctly, CDC statistics reflect that US Covid-related deaths for males, age 15-24, total 230 (out of 17,760 total deaths for same-aged males during the same period). For comparison, 348 same-aged males have died from pneumonia (without Covid) in the same period. Obviously, the statistics for coaches, trainers, fans, etc. can be determined, at least on a gender and age basis, by each one of those participants and each can then make their decision about opting in or out as well after taking into their own health into account.

Basketball players have been inside gym’s playing ball since June. Everyone is fine. These guys are the least at risk in the world.

3 Likes

[https://nbpa.com/news/2020-top-100-high-school-basketball-camp]

The NBA camp would have been a great chance for the top high school players in the country to come to Charlottesville.