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Clippers' Rivers praises NBA, suggests sharing plan with White House

FILE PHOTO: Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers argues a call in the second half against the New York Knicks during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York, April 20, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

With zero positive test results in the NBA bubble this week, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes the league could share its approach to COVID-19 prevention with a larger audience.

“Maybe we should send our game plan to the White House,” Rivers said Tuesday.

Two players tested positive during the first week teams spent at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando from July 7-13, including Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook.

Another 19 players tested positive for the coronavirus during in-market testing that began July 1 before the teams headed to central Florida.

Numbers continue to surge elsewhere in Florida. ABC News reported Monday there were 10,347 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s total to 360,394. The seven-day average has been greater than 10,000 over the last week, according to the state health department, and more than 5,000 have died in Florida.

“They’ve done everything right as far as I’m concerned,” Rivers said of the NBA incorporating constant symptom checks and mandating masks at the resort. “When you think about that we’re running a village for the first time, the league is doing pretty well. ... But as far as our health, we have an app every morning that we have to do, wearing bands, facemasks.”

The Clippers are scheduled to resume the 2019-2020 season on July 30 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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