76ers Joel Embiid Frustrated Over How The NBA Is Handling COVID-19 Cancellations

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The NBA is having to deal with a number of players testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, and some teams have more than one player on the roster unable to play because of it.

Over the last few days, the league has had to cancel a couple of games, and one player who isn’t happy about how the league is dealing with these COVID cases is Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.

The big man feels that the league has no plan to determine when games should be nixed or not, and that the league should have a better overall plan in place.

“It just seems like every other game keeps getting cancelled, but the league keeps making us play. Especially that Denver (Nuggets) game, when we had to dress an injured player,” Embiid said via Derek Bodner of The Athletic.

Philadelphia had just seven players for the game that Embiid is speaking of, and the team had to dress an injured Mike Scott just to get to the NBA eight-man lineup minimum.

The 76ers lost the game 115-103.

Embiid apparently took out some of his frustrations on the Miami Heat on Tuesday. He scored 45 points and grabbed 16 boards as the 76ers beat the Heat, who are also dealing with COVID-19 issues, 137-134 in overtime.

The league is looking to get on top of the COVID situation, and the NBA’s board of governors met on Tuesday to discuss the latest virus issues.

Right now, the league is very much against stopping play, and they say that the season will continue as planned.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. But not frustrated at his fellow players for acting irresponsibly. It was obvious in MLB and NFL that some teams/players took it much more seriously and were rewarded with very few Covid positives. Some did horrible and paid for it with losses (Marlins and Broncos). Its not just a coincidence

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