AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSigns throughout common areas and venues remind all attendees to distance and keep hygiene practices, and there are health monitors who patrol to gently remind attendees to follow these protocols. When teams arrived on the campus, they were given briefings of safety procedures by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. Before he was permitted out of quarantine, Howard and every other NBA player and staffer were required to complete short training videos and quizzes, several of which instructed them directly to wear masks outside of practice environments and especially while socializing.“Here’s one easy way to give your teammates an assist,” a video narrated by NBA play-by-play voice Mike Breen. “Wearing a face mask or covering can help prevent the spread of germs to those around you.”The NBA bubble is not, in fact, a bubble. While daily coronavirus testing is the backbone of the NBA Restart and will allow the league and medical personnel to identify and isolate people who are infected with the virus, the limited number of staff on hand and the need to stay physically distant means that a certain amount of personal responsibility will go into keeping the campus reasonably safe. NBA personnel say the pillars of the campus are testing, but also personal basics: hand-washing, distancing and — yes — face masks.Dr. John DiFiori, the NBA’s Director of Sports Medicine, has been on the ground at Disney since July 2, working with about a dozen physicians, plus testing partners at Bioreference labs, plus health representatives with each team, to create the environment that’s come to be known as the bubble. And he understands as well as anyone how much its security rests in the hands of the people in it.DiFiori spoke to Southern California News Group prior to Howard’s comments about masks, but he said Thursday, with a weary kind of relief, that most participants at the restart had heeded scripted advice. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions There are outside pressures that weigh on the effort to keep the number of people on campus limited as well. The Athletic reported earlier in the week that NBA teams would be permitted to send additional team executives. ESPN reported as well that the NBA updated procedures as teams began to fear that players who had recovered from COVID-19 wouldn’t be allowed to play because of false positive tests. Players on title contenders are also looking forward to potentially seeing their families around Sept. 1, when the NBA and Disney are expected to bring in a second wave of attendees as some teams ship out.But the bubble is only as strong as its weakest link. Frank Vogel wasn’t as dismissive of the tip that Howard hadn’t been wearing a mask.“The reaction is that we all should be wearing masks in and around the hotel lobby and the areas that we’re being asked to wear a mask, we should wear a mask,” Vogel said. “And he’s doing so now. “On Sunday afternoon, Howard again broadcast from a hotel laundry room on Instagram Live. He wasn’t wearing a mask. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “From what I’ve seen, everyone is really taking this seriously,” he said. “They’re making sure they’re doing their daily temperature testing, making sure not going into other people’s rooms. … We know that we all have habits that can be difficult to break.”The veneer of technology can seem comforting: The NBA has provided thermometers and pulse oximeters to every attendee to check for signs of COVID-19 daily, and BioReference testers have stations that attendees must visit every day. If you don’t follow the steps, you can’t go to work: The Disney MagicBand grants attendees access to different parts of campus including arenas and practice venues, and if you’ve skipped steps that day, you’re not allowed to advance without finishing the daily medical evaluation.For most, none of these are issues. It’s worth recognizing that most NBA players and staff have been documented by internal photos and videos wearing masks in appropriate situations, and the Lakers themselves have released multiple photos of stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis wearing masks as a PSA in a country that remains divided on the issue. The motivation is simple: They want to be able to participate in the restart.“I don’t think everybody wants to get outside the rules, they just want to play here in the bubble,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “Let’s just follow the rules and get back to playing. That’s my mindset. I’m gonna follow all the rules that’s here.”DiFiori said during introductory sessions at Disney, many players seemed engaged when talking about the health protocols and even asked questions. Having just two cases identified in quarantine was a success in the eyes of many in the NBA — so far, the league and players’ association hasn’t identified anyone who has brought the virus into the bubble by clearing quarantine.The medical experts in the NBA are largely sports medicine specialists who have worked for most of their careers in the fields of injury and injury prevention. They’ve worked hard out of their areas of expertise over the last few months to learn everything they can about COVID-19. The NBA has cited the advice of medical experts like former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and virologist David Ho, and DiFiori said countless sources, including experts in Europe and Australia where the virus is more contained, have been essential to helping sculpt the bubble.DiFiori is the first to acknowledge that while he’s one of the leaders, the vision is truly put into effect by a squadron of employees overseeing the logistics of testing, sanitation, and other procedures deemed necessary to have a clean environment to live and put on basketball games. But much of the work falls to individuals to keep check in on their own symptoms and signs.“There are certain things that are kind of universal precautions — symptom checks, hand hygiene — that are pretty standard across all levels,” he said.One of the issues DiFiori highlighted was the need to limit the overall number of people in the bubble, which experts have advised can greatly influence risk. The NBA is not disclosing publicly how many people are in the bubble, but between nearly 800 people in team and travel parties, plus NBA employees and media and television production personnel, a reasonable ballpark figure is close to 1,500 (for reference, reports have estimated the Major League Soccer bubble of close to 1,300).“When we look at the models, we looked at the number of people because we know that is an important factor — just the sheer number of people here,” DiFiori said. “We were told if we kept the number at a level that our consultants advised, it was going to give us a very good chance to have a successful return of the season.”The NBA has set limitations on how many people can be in certain venues in an effort to prevent massive outbreaks in the event coronavirus does seep in.The ways coronavirus could enter the campus? Myriad. Bruno Cabaclo and Richaun Holmes were already recommitted to longer quarantines after leaving their rooms not long after being told they shouldn’t. While everyone has been warned not to accept all but approved outside deliveries or guests, the longer bubble life drags on, the more some could be tempted to try to step outside the lines. There’s also the question of Disney staffers and security, who at the very least are not receiving the daily testing that NBA personnel are, and who live in the surrounding county where COVID-19 is dangerously on the rise.If coronavirus does enter the campus, distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing are meant to prevent it from spreading far.Related Articles LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> Like many corners of the country, there are at least a few people within the NBA’s bubble who question the worthiness of masks.On Saturday, it was Dwight Howard, the Lakers center who pointed to the testing, isolation and other rigors and sacrifices the NBA has made to continue its season at Walt Disney World Resort. He pushed back after he was reported on the NBA tip line for not wearing a mask. In the face of all those factors, he would ask, aren’t masks sort of unnecessary?“I just think everybody’s making a big deal out of it, but I feel like we’re in the safest place in Orlando,” Howard said. “We’re only around each other. We get tested every day. We can’t practice with masks on. I personally don’t see a risk of us getting it during the time period that we’re here.”But the environment within the Disney campus belies this sense of comfort. Everything about the bubble comes with reminders about how fragile it can actually be.
Joyce Rief, of Wichita, died Wednesday, June 04, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 73. She graduated from this life with honors and is at peace with her Lord.She was born the daughter of Wayne and Edna Fay (Snavely) Gray on Wednesday, October 02, 1940 in Concordia.Survivors include her daughter Theresa Butler and her husband Michael of Providence, Texas; son, Robert Rief of Herington; daughter, Shelly Murrow and her husband Randy of Haysville; brother, Bobby Gray of California; sister, Jean Lunderman of Oklahoma; sister, Joan; brother, James Gray of Kansas; sister, Betty Hershey and her husband Billy of Kansas, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Joyce loved all of her brothers, sisters and children very much.She is preceded in death by her parents; her oldest son, Timothy Gray; brother, John Gray and her former husband, Robert Rief, Sr.A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2 p.m to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014.Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington. Her son-in-law, Dr. Michael Butler, will officiate.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.