Such a statement is not just a show of humanitarian concern and political correctness. Behind not doing the test, is to do enough prevention and preparation in advance.
Recently, the Timberwolves reporter Jon krawczynski revealed how the small team, which rarely entered the mainstream medias field of vision at ordinary times, gave players reassurance. The full text is compiled as follows:
A message from Robby Sikka, vice president of team performance and technology, popped up on the Timberwolves dedicated internal communications app.
After reminding players, coaches and team employees that a new flu vaccine could fight the most popular (seasonal flu) disease at the time, Sika also mentioned a disease called coronavirus, stressing the importance of washing hands frequently and avoiding close contact with patients.
He sent the message on January 25, only three weeks after China first reported cases of unknown diseases under study to the World Health Organization, and only four days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the first case of infection occurred in China. In the seven weeks since then, the global spread of the coronavirus has led to the Italian blockade, the suspension of professional sports in the United States, and social alienation for all.
More than a week ago, the NBA became the first league in the United States to declare a suspension. At that time, many Americans thought that the virus was just another kind of flu. After that, just like all Americans, the top managers of sports leagues are trying to deal with a series of unexpected situations.
But in fact, the so-called no one expected is not accurate.
Last summer, in an effort to focus on the health of its players, Gerson Rosas hired sika, a former anesthesiologist with a deep knowledge of sports injuries.
Seven months later, what Sika did at the management level helped the Timberwolves pay attention to the potential threat of the coronavirus ahead of time. He also made plans for players and team employees to cope with one of the biggest challenges facing this generation.
He did a great job, not only alerting us and drawing our attention, but also conducting detailed analysis so that players and employees can understand and digest, and most importantly, take action. Rosas said.
While everyone is waiting for the answer and entering a new normal of isolation, Rosas and Timberwolves have begun to act. Every day the team sends people to talk to the players face to face and ask about their physical and mental state. They also coordinate with families across the country and around the world to make sure they get the information and know what to do if they get sick. These practices give management a sense of direction in the turmoil.
A week before Rudy gobel was diagnosed, I told every player on the team: This is your 9 / 11, Sika said. This will be a big event that defines your youth life.
Just as I remember where I was when the world trade center was hit by a plane, these young people will remember what they were doing on the day Rudy was diagnosed. They will remember what they were doing when the NBA announced the suspension. All of this will be with them for life.
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For a long time after graduating from medical school, Sika was still studying medicine and epidemiology. In January, he began to hear about the new virus, known as covid-19. The more information he collects, the more worried he becomes.
Sika himself is an active investor who has long noticed that the spread of the virus in China has affected the supply chain of the world economy. The fact that the companys revenue expectation has begun to adjust substantially has shown the seriousness of the problem.
Once the economy starts to suffer, you know it will soon affect the world you live in. Sika said.
He called some relatives in China and heard the first-hand news, which made him more confident that the United States was doomed. He also took the initiative to contact 27 relatives of his family who were doctors to discuss the spread trend of the virus, and began to find that the early spread of the epidemic was similar to the AIDS, Ebola, swine flu and other epidemics he had learned in University.
Soon after, he began to discuss the issue with Rosas and the rest of Timberwolves management.
But it took some time for everyone to understand the seriousness of the situation.
He told us that the number of infections is very worrying and the growth rate is terrible, and sooner or later it will affect us, said rothas
While still operating as usual, coyote completed a series of transactions in early February. At the same time, Sika continued to study the epidemic data, and the virus did not disappear. In mid February, he and some of his team went to Chicago for the all star game, and found that other team leaders were worried about the spread of the virus abroad.
So, at this time, Sika chose to reveal the heaviest news to Rosas and Ethan Casson, CEO of the forest wolf. He said its time to discuss what to do when scouts are banned, because more restrictions are sure to come.
Two weeks before the NBA announced its suspension, the Timberwolves had asked their high-risk infected groups - employees who are old or whose immune system may be damaged, not to travel with them.
There are too many indicators to ignore, and too many wise people have told us what to prepare for, Sika said. When you see those numbers, you know we are in danger.
On March 4, Timberwolves held a basketball and business department staff meeting. Sika elaborated on the severity of the epidemic.
On March 9, two days before Gerbers diagnosis, the Timberwolves held a players meeting. Because they are about to start a 12 day six company tour, the management is scared.
The meeting was held in the teams training hall, and Sika knew that at present, the players did not take the epidemic seriously. At the start of the meeting, coach Ryan Sanders was emotional and pleaded with the players to tell them how he worried about his family. Now, he added, everyone should think about it.
What he said from the bottom of his heart moved everyone, said Sika. The players began to think that they respected the way they could talk about their families. Hearing Ryan say hes scared has changed the mentality of the players
Sika then gave a popular science lecture, reiterating the importance of maintaining health habits and avoiding contact with patients. He introduced the active atmosphere of the puzzle game he came up with. Tupac stands for temperature checks and use hand sanitizer; Wutang stands for wash hands, never touch your face and so on.
He told the players to prepare for the empty match, and he also said that maybe they could not finish the trip at all.
The reality is that the way we used to know how to live will be changed for a long time, says rothas. We have to be smart, isolated, and protect ourselves and our families. Im really scared to see this information.
After losing to the Rockets, the Timberwolves are ready to go to Oklahoma City. But Gerber was diagnosed here on March 13. As a result, Timberwolves flew home from Houston and immediately set about making plans to help players and employees through unprecedented uncertainty.
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After the League suspension, anyone who questioned Sika believed. Players are required to be isolated at home, unable to go to the stadium for training, and everyone is racking their brains for solutions.
The players are struggling to adapt to the sudden disappearance of the season, while Sika has developed plans with senior chief trainer Gregg farnam and all the team doctors and trainers who are trusted by the players to provide guidance and support for the players.
Sika checked the travel plans of 700 employees to make sure no one was at risk. They also contacted players families around the world to try to answer their confusion.
They transport equipment such as exercise bikes to players homes so that players can get enough activity during the period of prohibition. Many of the players who have just been traded to the team are still living in temporary accommodation, so the team tries to arrange apartments for them or upgrade the single hotel room into a suite to ensure their comfortable life.
Famous chefs Andrew Zimmern and Gavin Kaysen are in charge of the teams nutrition plan. They prepare three meals for the players every day. The teams employees will have direct contact with the players and try to reduce the risk when they are isolated.
In order to keep players thinking actively, they will also send books and articles, and team sports psychologist Justin Anderson will also keep frequent communication with players to relieve their psychological pressure. Malik Beasleys children were young, and the coyote even sent them toys.
They have also made contact with players, coaches and senior family members who are abroad and trying to return home. Rosas and Sanders had a difficult conversation with their amateurs who wanted to leave the area to be reunited with their families, and they didnt want to take the risk of further exposure to the virus.
People dont want to feel powerless in the face of an emergency, Mr. Rosas said, but things like that make you feel powerless. You should be with experts and people who care about you. Thats the basis of our communication with players. Their confidence in our ability to deal with problems and predict the situation will have a greater impact on us than on the pitch.
Wolves know that they cant stop anyone in management from getting sick, they can only minimize the risk. Its likely that many people in the team will get infected. Their main goal now is to provide popular science, guidance and care.
Make sure our players understand that these things are important to them and therefore to us. Sika said.
Sika is also currently in charge of the coordination and liaison between the Minnesota Twins (MLB), the Vikings (NFL) and the wild team (NHL) in the fight against the epidemic. Its just the beginning. There may be more problems in the period when the Timberwolves are waiting for the season to recover.
And its not just the Timberwolves management thats making the effort. Carl Anthony Downes donated $100000 to the Mayo Clinic, one of the worlds most famous medical institutions, to help speed up virus testing. Glen Taylor, the teams boss, has promised $1 million to subsidize part-time staff at the target center who are not regular workers and are not paid during the suspension.
Its said that everyone is a family. Its easy to say and hard to do, said Rosas. We took the opportunity to do it. Everyone is very proud.
When rousseas hired an Indian who had no experience in the NBA to hold a senior management position, he also fell into controversy. At that time, he could not have expected that in the first half of the year after making this decision, Sikas medical background and emergency management experience would be the key to their fight against the epidemic.
Our players are able to get expert guidance not only in the medical field, but also in emergency situations. Our understanding and preparation of the epidemic give us confidence that we are doing the right thing. And its not always easy to do, Mr. Rosas said
Its not without risk that Sika chose the Timberwolves. He gave up his lucrative job as an anesthesiologist and had to split up with his partners to quit a cutting-edge program on sports injuries. He did it because he wanted to play a key role in his home team. And he did. I cant imagine how the team would have coped with these problems without such a person to help guide us. Carson said. He is a soothing voice. He is the kind of person who honestly provides excellent guidance and support to everyone in management. No one is more fit to help us through the difficulties and become stronger than him. Source: Netease sports Author: Kewell editor in charge: Gong Haoju nb12610
Its not without risk that Sika chose the Timberwolves. He gave up his lucrative job as an anesthesiologist and had to split up with his partners to quit a cutting-edge program on sports injuries. He did it because he wanted to play a key role in his home team. And he did.
I cant imagine how the team would have coped with these problems without such a person to help guide us. Carson said. He is a soothing voice. He is the kind of person who honestly provides excellent guidance and support to everyone in management. No one is more fit to help us through the difficulties and become stronger than him.