Most of you have probably bought masks, loaded up on Vitamin C, or decided it’s not worth the bother since the odds of you dying in a car wreck are more likely than catching the “Swine Flu.”
However, now the NBA has to take note since two of the teams still currently involved in the NBA playoffs: The Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, are currently in the heart of the “Swine Flu” pandemic. (Courtesy of Sports Illustrated)
“We are monitoring this very closely and following all of the advice of the CDC and the World Health Organization,” said NBA spokesman Tim Frank. “There has been no suggestion or direction from any government or health officials that public gatherings should be cancelled or avoided.”
On Wednesday the Rockets issued a statement through the Toyota Center.
“We are aware of the situation and concerned for all involved,” the statement read. “We have been working with city health officials and the mayor’s office, as well as monitoring the situation from state and regional authorities. At this time, Toyota Center has been advised to continue its normal operations pertaining to Rockets and Aeros playoff games as well as concerts. We will continue communicating with the various agencies and will keep our fans apprised if any operational changes are implemented based on the directives we receive from local authorities.”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an email to SI.com Wednesday night that the Mavericks were closely monitoring the situation but weren’t taking any specific precautions at this time.
“We are keeping up with all health alerts,” said Cuban. “Its a moving target that we will keep close tabs on.”
I think this might be the first time that someone has mentioned that the Swine Flu is a moving target. All we need is to find some skeet shooters to find the disease and shoot at it.
All kidding aside, this is a serious issue that most Americans have to deal with and honestly would not surprise me if a playoff game could be affected by this. Then we will have to figure out a location for those games to be played at but we will wait and see since the “Swine Flu” has not passed the pandemic stage.
In my opinion, I’ll seclude myself in my living space until the disease passes or at least until it’s downgraded to “House-Wife Freakout.” However the one positive is at least it gives us ample time to watch the NBA Playoffs in the comfort of our own homes.