Both of these things will affect the lives of countless people and are closely related to Xiao Huas actions. At such a time, it is most suitable for the president of the sports league to show real leadership.
Its reasonable to say that leaders in crisis need to communicate. The more, the better, but the NBA has never been so quiet. Reporters are talking about 22 minutes, because this is the total time Xiao Hua has been facing reporters since the outbreak.
A short crisis timeline:
March 6 - coronavirus news is all over the place, and other topics dont matter. Some places and institutions have stopped large gatherings, but we attended MITs Sloan sports summit. Its amazing that everyone in the audience is talking about coronavirus, but the guests on the stage are silent about it.
Xiao Hua didnt participate, but Evan Walsh, senior vice president of the NBA, was present and chatted about NBA schedule reform. After the discussion, I went to Evan and asked him if the League had any plans to adjust the schedule for the epidemic. He just got stuck. A publicist came to the rescue and told me to ask people in New York headquarters, but I knew that there would be no useful information at all. Anyway, the NBA is not going to comment on the outbreak.
March 11 - I got a tip that NBA players are suffering from coronavirus infection and have been quarantined. I emailed the NBA at 6:52 central time, a long time before the jazz and thunder Games began.
May 25 - George Freud is killed on his knees by police. He was one of Stephen Jacksons best friends, and dozens of NBA players took part in the protest. But nearly a week after the protest began, Xiao Hua still didnt make a personal statement in support of the protest (in Facebook, there were many cases in which the boss didnt declare that the employees had resigned).
Once upon a time, Xiao Hua regarded improving ethnic relations as an important issue in his tenure. When he ousted Donald sterling, he said, I am personally saddened that sterlings views come from a historical system that has always dominated race relations and have led NBA players, coaches, fans and partners, both active and retired, to question their relationship with the league.
At that time, Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated interviewed Xiao Huas law school classmate Michael arter, who was one of the directors of WNBA Chicago sky team. He said: he tends to stay away from business level things. He believes in the great power of justice and equality, which is the way he can influence.
It seems that this has become his model. The first case of coronavirus positive led to the suspension of the league, which had a great impact on the change of response policy of the whole United States - and then the whole country began to flatten the curve with home-based order. Without Xiao Huas decision, no one can predict whether the NBA game will become another super gathering epidemic.
But at another media conference call on April 17, Xiao Hua did not discuss any issues with the media. He may have made a hundred decisions, but he didnt want to face a public problem. For example: if he had known the risk of infection, why should he delay to the referee at Thunders home to stop the game?
In that media conference call, he received a round of praise and announced that the decision to restart the season was related to data rather than date.
But now its ironic to look back. He gave us the date, but he didnt give us any data or explanation.
On Friday, a few hours after Sharms revealed the date of the rematch, I asked the NBA 20 more questions about the data. During the pandemic, it was reopened to allow thousands of people to work indoors with multiple contacts, close distances and heavy breathing. Among them, the rich in their 20s enjoy the best medical conditions in the world. But there are also coaches in their 60s and Disney caterers. Some have a complex history.
Many are still black. In general, black Americans make up 13 percent of the population in all parts of the country, but covid-19 accounts for 25 percent of deaths, a recent report from the APM research laboratory said
Of course, there are risks. I also hope that NBA can be the epitome of the US version of South Korea, find the right anti epidemic tools, kits and strategies to minimize the threat of life. So I want to understand their decision-making framework.
On Friday, after a week of serious talks with many respected health experts, some of whom have worked as consultants in NBA and other leagues, I emailed the league with 20 questions:
1. A successful case to curb the spread of the virus is the response of the pornographic industry to the AIDS epidemic in that year. Basically, a large number of tests should be carried out. As long as one person is positive, the whole industry should stop to track and control contacts. Its part of a plan that other sports leagues have teamed up with epidemiologists and scientists. Will the NBA do that? What is the evidence or scientific basis for their decision?
3. How does the alliance inform susceptible groups? Should they work? How does NBA define susceptible groups? Is the person that suffers from sickle cell disease counted?
4. Can players visit other places of Disney?
5. Will the League hold competitions outdoors to reduce the risk of communication? Why?
6. Who needs to wear a mask? Coach or player on the bench? Do you have to wear them for the game? What about photographers, bus drivers and others?
7. How many N95 masks does the NBA have? Who can wear it?
8. What if someone coughs on the court?
9. How does the alliance determine the detection frequency? Which test method will be used? Is it fast (less sensitive) or 24 hours?
10. If someone needs to receive coronavirus treatment at that time, where will they get it? What if they need to be hospitalized or in ICU? Which hospital will they go to?
11. Is Xiao Hua back at the scene? What about NBA directors? What about their family?
July is a typhoon in Florida. What if evacuation is needed?
15. If there are employees who dont want to participate in the rematch, what should they do with their income, benefits and insurance? What if they dont want to participate because their health is at high risk? Is Ada applicable in this situation? What if they dont want to participate because their families are at risk? What if you cant participate because of mental illness?
17. What is the acceptability of the league or team to the risk of infection of employees after the replay?
18. Will thousands of people fly to Orlando for the semi-finals increase the risk of local coronavirus transmission?
20. Can our media interview NBA medical experts?
Until Monday night, the NBA didnt make any response, presumably it wont make any more of it - at least not now. They said they would answer questions in the future, but only when they complete all the plans can they decide the time.
In contrast, Erica van stone, the head of the womens flat track Derby Association, is very happy to share the strict measures of the leagues staged restart, which is amazing and encouraging.
Why does the NBA lag behind a skating association on health risks?
Donald Trumps response to George Freuds protests and coronavirus politics is the most fanatical that politicians can muster.
My guess is: the NBAs calculation is that its worth everything to get Trumps support. Xiao Hua is close to Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law. Many of Xiao Huas service owners - Mickey Allison, Tillman fertitita, Josh Harris, James Doran, Anthony lessler - are all familiar with the situation. Their own business and wealth are also greatly affected by the epidemic.
The DeVos family became the host in the essence of the rematch. They had family members in Trumps cabinet, and their support for the right-wing cause of the United States (leading to the current situation in the United States) was also a historical tradition.
Its not hard to imagine why the NBA kept silent - they didnt want to watch the volcano erupt.
Science is speechless in the face of power.
But now, we have to imagine. 3500 people will soon live in Disneyland, Florida, in the isolation bubble designed by Xiao Huas staff. Will restarting the NBA lead to more infections? Do they really take science seriously? When players say they trust the NBA, do they really trust it?
So many NBA players are now involved in the crowded protests. Will they bring the virus to Florida, where infection is still increasing?
Geneticists found that the main source of infection in the West Coast virus hot spots, such as Texas, Louisiana and Arizona, was New Yorkers flying around. The headquarters of NBA is in New York.
Can NBA become a rare enterprise in the United States that respects science and does the right thing? Or are we all tired of scientists voices and just eager to start making money again?
The NBA doesnt disclose its plans, and theres no answer to any of these questions. Maybe the rematch will be wonderful. But all we know now is that its all behind the scenes. The alliance is communicating with many people, but there is no public.
One source told me that in the early days of the pandemic, an NBA director said he wanted to restart immediately, no matter how expensive. There are many similar comments, saying that we hope the alliance will open as soon as possible, which is different from saying that we hope our employees can return to work safely as soon as possible. Xiao Hua said that data is more important than date, citing what Disney CEO Bob egger said on the NBA board in mid April. On Wednesday, an article in the New York Times called Aigle and Xiao Hua good friends and restart is a win-win result. But the article does not address any health issues. Now, the alliance restart time coincides with Disneys reopening. Xiao Hua works for billionaire owners of 30 teams. How do we know if he will put his business ahead of his health? How dare he confirm the date without data? Read the players Unions full ticket, pass the rematch plan, players receive the new crown test every night, and record video to bless the one armed basketball youth: please continue to spread positive energy and touching! Vanessa Shai Gianna graduation certificate of Honor: Mom is proud of you this article source: Netease sports Author: Kewell editor in charge: Yang Jiankun_ NS4215
One source told me that in the early days of the pandemic, an NBA director said he wanted to restart immediately, no matter how expensive. There are many similar comments, saying that we hope the alliance will open as soon as possible, which is different from saying that we hope our employees can return to work safely as soon as possible.
Xiao Hua said that data is more important than date, citing what Disney CEO Bob egger said on the NBA board in mid April. On Wednesday, an article in the New York Times called Aigle and Xiao Hua good friends and restart is a win-win result. But the article does not address any health issues. Now, the alliance restart time coincides with Disneys reopening.
Xiao Hua works for billionaire owners of 30 teams. How do we know if he will put his business ahead of his health?