Per NBA directive, Bulls meet at Advocate Center for COVID-19 talk


Following NBA-issued directives, the Bulls met at the Advocate Center Monday for an educational meeting on COVID-19.

It marked the Bulls’ first group gathering since their team charter flight home from Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, the day after the NBA suspended its season in the wake of Rudy Gobert’s positive test for the virus. Since then, two other players, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood, have tested positive, and the sports world has joined society in moving towards self-isolation.

At the meeting — which was led by team physicians — players and all attendees followed proper social distancing techniques with upwards of six feet between each person.

With the NBA indefinitely extending its ban on team practices in a memo circulated to teams Sunday night, players also were briefed on proper protocol for the unprecedented hiatus. Individual workouts are allowed with assigned coaches in a “one-basket-one coach” arrangement. Weightlifting exercises also are limited to one player at a time, with cleaning measures used immediately afterward.

While the league is recommending players stay within their respective markets, players who do leave must be in daily contact with their teams.

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