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NBA Hires Security to Make Sure Players don’t Hug or Shake Hands

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers hug before the start of Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Apparently, the NBA was serious when it banned on-court hugs and handshakes.

A league memo obtained Wednesday by ESPN reveals a “security team” will be placed mid-court at future games in an effort to get players to comply with the coronavirus safety rules.

In addition to the ban on hugs and handshakes, the NBA has also banned extended conversations, high fives and fist bumps. Touching elbows, however, is permitted, per the league.

Considering basketball players are all over each other, are these rules pointless?


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