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Rockets, Pacers among NBA teams opposed to playing without fans


The New York Knicks were put on blast Wednesday after a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski named them as one of the teams opposed to playing NBA games without fans in the stands in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Added to that list are the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers, now composing 10% of the league in disagreement with the majority that voted to play the remainder of regular-season games in empty stadiums during a Wednesday conference call.

The Rockets did favor a 3-4 weeks pause that would push the NBA schedule into the summer, but they were less enthusiastic about the idea of playing games without fans.

Playing games without fans means a major loss of capital for any NBA team, but the first rule of business remains the safety of the employees and patrons — a rule that would be compromised by allowing the games to continue as usual and expose individuals to the coronavirus strain.

The NBA took the decision out of teams’ hands on Wednesday night, quickly deciding to suspend the 2019-20 season for a potential two-week lapse until more informed decisions can be made.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, a result that became public shortly after the game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was halted right before tip-off.

It took only minutes for the NBA to put a halt on the remainder of the season, though the games that were actively in play resumed as usual.

The Rockets and Pacers don’t look great after this revelation, considering they were willing to put the fans’ and their employees’ lives at risk despite of the advisory of several cities warning against the congregation of more than 1,000 people.

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