Almost a 3rd of the NBA was in Miami for Atlanta’s All-Star Weekend


Miami International Airport was a surprise hub of activity for NBA players during this year’s All-Star Weekend.

Miami Worldwide Airport was a shock hub of exercise for NBA gamers throughout this 12 months’s All-Star Weekend.
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Roughly 150 NBA gamers had been in Miami throughout All-Star Weekend, in response to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

On his Hoop Collective Podcast that dropped at this time, Windhorst — joined by Marc Spears and Andrew Lopez — reported that not solely had been round 150 gamers in Miami however that the NBA has a verifiable tally as a result of testing information.

“Final I heard, there have been round 150 gamers who had been planning to be in Miami this previous weekend. The rationale the NBA is aware of is as a result of the gamers should have COVID exams whereas they’re there, they usually had to enroll in them,” Windhorst mentioned. “So the NBA had an correct depend of what number of, and I used to be informed — this was two days in the past, perhaps it’s grown — I used to be informed within the neighborhood of 150 gamers in Miami over the weekend.”

With the NBA’s 30 groups carrying 15 gamers and two two-way contracts apiece, there are roughly 510 gamers within the league. The gathering in Miami, if Windhorst’s figures are correct, represents practically a 3rd of that whole.

Windhorst went on so as to add that he thinks the testing website was on the Miami Warmth’s facility, however he was uncertain. He finally reported on the scheduling course of the gamers went by means of for testing.

“They needed to give the gamers a schedule. It was drive-through, they usually needed to have a number of lanes, they usually needed to give the gamers a schedule,” he added relating to the method of getting COVID exams; in any other case, they couldn’t deal with the crush.

In response to Windhorst, a lot of gamers additionally flew to Los Angeles on Sunday evening.

“I used to be checking the personal jet flights out of Atlanta late Sunday evening, and there was fairly a number of headed to L.A. as a result of that’s the place plenty of gamers go,” he mentioned earlier than noting there was a flight to Milwaukee, a flight to Columbus, Ohio, a number of flights to New York, one to Dallas, and one to Phoenix.

“After which an entire bunch of flights all the way down to Miami for the blokes who wished to affix their brethren down there,” Windhorst punctuated.

In fact, the potential severity of the scenario received’t be found instantly, however the extra Miami visits additionally comes days after a reported seven gamers had been optimistic for COVID in a latest spherical of testing.

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