Thunder's George Hill on NBA's tightened COVID protocols: 'Gonna do what I wanna do'

Joe Mussatoo, The Oklahoman
Published 11:20 a.m. ET Jan. 13, 2021


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Oklahoma City Thunder guard George Hill pushed back against the stricter COVID-19 safety protocols the NBA announced Tuesday, wondering why the season would continue if such measures were necessary. 

“I’m a grown man, so I’m gonna do what I wanna do,” Hill said after the Thunder’s 112-102 loss to the Spurs. “If I wanna go see my family, I’m gonna go see my family. They can’t tell me I have to stay in the room 24/7. If it’s that serious then maybe we shouldn’t be playing. It’s life. No one’s gonna be able to just cancel their whole life for this game.” 

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association agreed to several new protocols. Among them, as Hill referenced, is that players and staff are required to quarantine at home or in their hotel rooms when they’re not practicing or playing…

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