Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone delivered a strong message to the NBA’s head office regarding its policy restricting family members from joining him and his fellow coaches on the Disney World campus.
“Shame on you.”
“The players have their families here, which they deserve, which is the right thing to do. The referees are allowed to bring one guest, which is great for the referees. The coaches – the coaches are not allowed to bring anybody,” Malone told reporters Friday. “I say, ‘shame on you, NBA.'”
Mike Malone – "Today is day 60. The players have families here, which they deserve. The referees are allowed to bring 1 guest, which is great. The coaches are not allowed to bring anybody. I say shame on you NBA. This is crazy, I miss my family… It's criminal in nature." pic.twitter.com/1GVd2biflV
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) September 4, 2020
“This is crazy. I miss my family,” Malone added. “And I think I speak for me, I speak for my coaches, and probably all the coaches down here. Sixty days and not having access and not being granted the privilege to have my family come here, to me, is criminal in nature. And that shouldn’t be. Shouldn’t be at all.”
The players have also had regrets about signing on to the NBA’s closed-campus plan without fully understanding the scope of the restrictions, even with their families now joining them.
“(If) we do another bubble, we can’t do it without family,” Los Angeles Lakers veteran Jared Dudley told GQ’s Michael Pina earlier this week. “That’s something that cannot happen. You can’t wait until after the first round. We shouldn’t have signed off on that.”
“Not only can (people outside the bubble) not understand but some of the rules we didn’t even know until we got here. It’s not like we knew exactly what we were getting into,” Dudley added.
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