Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins and New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik won't join their teams in the NBA's Orlando-area "bubble," according to media reports Friday.
According to Yahoo Sports, Hollins was "red-flagged" because of existing health worries. Numerous other media outlets corroborated the report about the 66-year-old assistant, whose age puts him at risk for severe issues should he contract the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bzdelik, 67, won't be part of the Pelicans' group heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the restart of the NBA season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The New Orleans Times-Picayune confirmed the report, with both outlets adding that the status of Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry, 65, remains uncertain.
Two other NBA head coaches fall in the CDC's high-risk category: the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich, 71; and the Houston Rockets' Mike D'Antoni, 69.
NBA coaches union president Rick Carlisle, the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, said Wednesday that the league would not bar staffers from entering the "bubble" based solely on their age.
Carlisle said, according to ESPN, "We'll see who ends up going, not going, etc. But we were very encouraged to hear that age alone would not be something that would keep you from going to Orlando."