Reports: Lakers, Pelicans assistants eliminated of ‘bubble’
Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins and New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik will not join their teams in the NBA’s Orlando-area “bubble,” according to media reports Friday.
According to Yahoo Sports, Hollins was “red-flagged” since of existing health concerns. Various other media outlets substantiated the report about the 66-year-old assistant, whose age puts him at danger for serious issues must he contract the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Illness 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 including that the status of Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry, 65, remains unsure.
Two other NBA head coaches fall in the CDC’s high-risk category: the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, 71; and the Houston Firecrackers’ Mike D’Antoni, 69.