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The NBA's massive Covid-19 outbreak, which has forced over 100 players into health and safety protocols in the last month, is taking a toll on the league's coaching staffs as well, with the virus sidelining 11 of the 30 teams' head coaches along with assistants
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Los Angeles Lakers lead assistant coach David Fizdale, 47, entered protocols Monday morning following a six-game stint as acting head coach while Frank Vogel, 48, was in protocols.
The Atlanta Hawks had a team outbreak that left ten players out.
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue entered protocols on Friday and was replaced by assistant Brian Shaw.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers, 60, has been feeling "terrific" despite testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, according to acting head coach Dan Burke.
The league had to postpone the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets because the team did not have enough active players.
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault, 36, has been in health and safety protocols since Tuesday, with assistant Mike Wilks becoming the first former player to coach the team in Daigneault's stead.
Monty Williams, the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, has been out for a week while in health and safety protocols, with assistant Kevin Young taking over as acting head coach.
The Chicago Bulls have risen to the top of the eastern conference despite the absence of head coach Billy Donovan, who has been in health and safety protocols since December 24.
The Portland Trail blazers head coach Chauncey Billups, the Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle, and the Sacramento Kings interim head coach Alvin Gentry have all been cleared from health and safety protocols.
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According to a report by the sports network, 34% of the league's referees are in Covid-19 protocols.
The key background.
The NBA lowered its own requirement of a six-day quark for players and coaches after the CDC lowered the recommended time for testing positive for Covid-19 from 10 days to five days.
The average age for an NBA player is 26.2, but the CDC says those aged 40-49 are twice as likely to be hospitalized as a result of Covid-19.
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