So far, nine people have been on the pitch to start four different games at the Staples Center this season

There may be no better way to explain how and why the NBA changed the travel rules for officials this year than Foster’s work schedule up to this point He was supposed to be playing a game in Houston on December 23 just to see that the matchup was canceled when the Rockets did not have enough people available to play according to the league’s health and safety protocols regarding the coronavirus

From there, Foster flew to Los Angeles. He played four games in six days and never left L A in that period of time

That just never would have happened in the past few years when the rule was that officials lay at least 13 days between working games in the same city and six days between visiting the same team after replaying one of their games, these rules will almost certainly come back when the world goes back to normal, but in the interests of safety and common sense teams will see referees more often than usual for now

“It changes things a little,” said Milwaukee trainer Mike Budenholzer. “But of course it makes sense worldwide for the safety, our health and the health of officials”

Referees, like players and coaches, are tested daily for COVID-19 and must adhere to the new league rules to avoid bars, lounges, clubs, public gyms and many other indoor hangouts, reducing air traffic is another part of the plan the league to exist outside a bubble in a coronavirus dominated world Thinking is simple; less time in the air, less time with other people, less risk

The Bucks saw David Guthrie and Marat Kogut on the crew who ran their game in Miami on December 29, and when Milwaukee returned to Miami a night later for the second half of the two-game set, Guthrie and Kogut were back too There is no deviation this season Ben Taylor was crew chief in Milwaukee on Friday and had the same role when the Bucks played their next game there on Monday

Zach Zarba lives in New York and only had to get on a plane for his fourth game of the season after opening in Brooklyn and being crew chief for Knicks’ home games for consecutive evenings last week, and Scott Wall worked in both Play next to him

Marc Davis, Derrick Collins and Nate Green were the crew for the Dallas-Los Angeles Clippers game on December 27, then stayed in LA there the next night to play Portland’s game against the Lakers Foster had the Lakers on Dec 25 and Dec 27, then the Clippers on Dec. 29 and Dec 30

“We are working to keep our officials safe and to reduce travel expenses and potential exposure,” said Monty McCutchen, NBA senior vice president who oversees referee development and training

Consider the case of Jordan Clarkson of Utah.He gave referee Karl Lane a little nudge in a game against the Clippers on Thursday – it didn’t seem willful or violent – and earned a technical foul the next night were the Jazz back home, and Lane was back on the reigning crew After Clarkson was fined 25Had received $ 000 for the push

Clarkson was called in for just one foul in the Friday game, an indictment lane was the officer who made the call, which in fairness was pretty straightforward. Nobody complained

“Great start to 2021! A team win and 25000 dollars less! “Clarkson wrote on Instagram

The NBA doesn’t announce which referees will be playing which games until 9 a.m. Eastern on game day, which means not many will know beforehand which officials are coming to town, but now that it is clear that some referees will be at least for this season Budenholzer says it might be time for coaches to maybe be a little nicer to those who whistle

“Maybe we can be more human as coaches,” said Budenholzer. “If you know that you will see this guy the next evening, I don’t know, better be careful and know that he probably sleeps on what you said Perhaps a certain degree of self-control, which is probably never bad for coaches, is more appropriate considering we’ll be seeing these guys several nights and more ”

Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press, write to him at treynolds (at) aporg


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