News Home » Sports » NBA to enforce rules forbidding hugs, handshakes with midcourt security

NBA to enforce rules forbidding hugs, handshakes with midcourt security

UniqueThis 14 Jan 20
NBA discussing players being vaccinated as PSA (0:47)

Richard Jefferson, Paul Pierce and Rachel Nichols discuss whether it's a good idea for NBA players be vaccinated as a PSA to encourage other people. (0:47)

3:48 PM ET

After witnessing some opposing players disregarding new league rules against unnecessary contact on game nights, the NBA is moving team security into the midcourt area to dissuade violations that include hugging and handshakes, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN on Wednesday.

As coronavirus infections increased amid a darkening pandemic, the NBA recently tightened regulations on players and staffs, including several meant to lessen the possibility of on-court transmissions.

Despite those changes, there were still instances of traditional player contact in postgame scenarios, which led the NBA to issue a memo Wednesday reaffirming the rules that require teams to remain on their half of the court in pregame and halftime warm-ups, and limits physical contact to include only elbow or fist bumps. High-fives, hugs and handshakes aren't allowed, nor are extended postgame conversations.

The NBA for the week of Jan. 13-19, had 11 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 502 players, and the league on Wednesday postponed its 16th regular-season game -- the Memphis Grizzlies at the Portland Trail Blazers -- due to ongoing contact tracing within the Grizzlies.

Around the World

8832 news found.
Grid View
List View
  • Twitter is considering letting users pay accounts they like
  • Airbnb and DoorDash went public at the same time but see very different paths post-pandemic
  • WATCH: Childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux on space mission: I want to show patients 'anything is possible' - CNN Video
  • Childhood cancer survivor details upcoming space mission - CNN Video
  • Donald Trump Jr.: Donald Trump is ‘still the future of the Republican Party’
  • CBS Evening News, February 25, 2021
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed for hanging anti-trans sign outside office in escalation of debate over Equality Act
  • Congressman Adam Schiff on "The Takeout" — 2/5/2021
  • Review: Billie Eilish, unfiltered, in new documentary
  • Former QAnon follower Jitarth Jadeja on "The Takeout" — 2/12/2021
  • Teen Lamborghini driver was speeding during LA wreck that killed woman, family claims: report
  • Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang