Along with the plan to restart the season, the NBA included a 113-page health and safety manual distributed to teams and players that featured protocols such as maintaining 6 feet of separation in every setting outside of practices and games. That means while players can set screens on each other and wrestle for a loose ball, simple activities like doubles pingpong won’t be allowed.
“The pingpong thing is ridiculous, to be honest,” San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan said on Thursday. “Guys can’t do this, but we can do this and battle over each other? That part just don’t make no sense to me. I got through 10 lines of the handbook and just put it down because it became so frustrating and overwhelming at times, because you just never thought you’d be in a situation of something like this. So it’s hard to process at times.”