NBA: Players without booster shots will be evaluated daily

As the Omicron variant continues to advance, the NBA is requiring players without the vaccine booster to undergo daily COVID testing during the All-Star break in mid-February and is restricting attendance for those players. to large gatherings, bars and indoor clubs, according to a note obtained by ESPN on Thursday night.

Daily tryouts for basketball players, coaches and staff that began Dec. 26 will continue through Jan. 15, according to the memo.

Originally that test cycle was supposed to end on Saturday, but has now been extended for another week.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association agreed on several augmented testing protocols in the wake of the continued increase in COVID cases. Those trial requirements don’t include team days off, the memo said.

Additionally, mask requirements for team personnel related to team travel, hotels and facilities will run until Jan. 19, according to the memo.

The NBA had 11 games postponed in December and more than 300 players and 12 head coaches were placed on health and safety protocols this season.