Full List of Essential Personnel that will be Allowed to Attend 76ers Games
Woj & Zach Lowe reported that the NBA has a set conference call with team owners/governors (what’s a governor?) for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Coronavirus crisis and the next steps for teams.
Reporting with @ZachLowe_NBA: The NBA has set a conference call with team owners/governors for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the escalating coronavirus crisis and next steps for teams, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 9, 2020
The Liberty Line has compiled a list of “essential personnel” in the 76ers organization that would be allowed to attend and/or play in a game should the NBA decide that fans are no longer welcome.
Joel Embiid. Embiid getting healthy and coming back from injury should be a huge lift to this team. He likely had coronavirus last year after being sick throughout the playoffs, so it’s possible he’s already immune to the virus. Embiid has pledged to wear his “Phantom of the Process” mask as an extra safety precaution.
Shake Milton. Milton said it himself: He’s a “hooper”. That’s all he wants to do. He has been tremendous for the Sixers over the past 10 games and nothing will stop him from playing.
Tobias Harris & Kyle O’Quinn. Much like the coronavirus – Twitter will overreact to Tobias Harris being on the essential list. That’s because they don’t know basketball and fail to acknowledge that Harris is the most consistent and productive player on the Sixers this season. He and Kyle O’Quinn are already taking the necessary precaution with new handshakes. Both are cleared to play.
What the hell are we doin lol pic.twitter.com/JauOsB1YFW
— Chartisse (@SnowmanEmbiid) March 8, 2020
Alec Burks. Alec Burks had a slow start since joining the Sixers but over the last stretch of games has been a nice addition off the bench. Unlike GR3 – Burks has come in and contributed without making a big deal about his new role. The team player and is willing to play through the virus scare.
Matisse Thybulle. Don’t get me wrong. Matisse is still the Sixers’ worst enemy. Although he can’t be trusted – it’s important that we keep our enemies close in times of a pandemic. If he hasn’t ruined the Sixers already – then we’re okay with him being on this list.
Franklin the Dog. Franklin the Dog will be coaching the 76ers during the coronavirus scare. He basically wears a hazmat suit already. No virus is getting inside his costume. He’s the safe choice to lead the team while on virus restrictions.
ESSENTIAL BUT WILL NOT ATTEND:
Ben Simmons. Simmons has already begun preemptive measures to avoid the coronavirus. We haven’t gotten word on his whereabouts or injury update in a few weeks. He has even removed his face from his twitter bio over concerns that people are crying and touching his face in his picture on their phones and computers. (definitely not me)
Josh Richardson. Richardson was on the list to attend, but since entering concussion protocol, the medical staff hasn’t been able to find him. There is currently no timetable on his return.
Mike Scott. Scott was invited to attend after finally playing well over the last few games. Mike, however, is number one on the suspected coronavirus infected list due to his public appearances with the Mike Scott Hive. Too many pictures and handshakes from Mike. Unfortunately, he has been notified to stay home. He also tends to get into the crowd and sip other people’s drinks. Not great virus protection, Mike.
Brett Brown. Brett Brown has been deemed non-essential simply due to his inability to coach. Franklin the Dog will be taking over coaching duties moving forward.
Al Horford. With the exception of a few recent games, Horford has been non-essential all year. It’s a no brainer he’s on this list. Plus, the coronavirus is killing old people.
Glenn Robinson III. GR3 actually added himself to the non-essential list because he’s not sure if he’s essential to this team.
Furkan Korkmaz. Korkmaz’ inability to know where the out-of-bounds line is on the court has the team fearing he may already be infected. Defensive liability = Coronavirus liability.
Raul Neto. Absolutely not.
Norvelle Pelle. After failing to make a layup on multiple attempts. Pelle can’t play either.
Norvelle Pelle out here pic.twitter.com/Tft4nYggRd
— Johnny Sack (@JohnnySack7) March 4, 2020
OTHER NOTABLE NON-ESSENTIALS:
The Media. After asking questions like “Can Ben Simmons shoot a three?” and “Are Ben and Joel friends” a million times throughout the season. The Media decided to exclude themselves from the list since over half of their storylines are no longer needed with Ben M.I.A.
The Sixers Medical Staff. The Sixers medical staff are not invited. If you need reasons why I can’t help ya, pal.
I’m sure we’ll have more news coming Wednesday after the NBA talks to owners and governors. This article proves that you don’t need locker room access to find out information.
It’s there if you spend the time and do the research.