Rockets Executive Details How Team Is Monitoring Players

ESPN spoke with Rockets senior vice president of basketball operations Keith Jones

Adam Spolane
March 24, 2020 - 4:29 pm

James Harden was shooting around on the Rockets practice floor inside Toyota Center with assistant coach John Lucas when Keith Jones, the Rockets former longtime trainer and current senior vice president of basketball operations told them the NBA decided to close off all team facilities, according to a report by ESPN.

"James just had this look on his face like, 'What do we do?'" Jones said to ESPN.

Jones, who has been with the Rockets since 1996, spoke to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and detailed the steps the Rockets are taking in handling their players in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

"We're trying to monitor and make sure they do the most they can with what they have," Jones told ESPN. "The tough part is what you don't know. You don't know how long the runway is going to be before you're at full speed. A process that took 10 weeks might be compressed into 10 days.

"Getting their bodies conditioned to play again, we're going to need some time. Nothing mimics NBA basketball except NBA basketball. Everybody's going to lose that conditioning."

Jones says when players wake up every morning they are required to take their own temperature and text a photo to himself and current Rockets trainer Jason Biles. Each player speaks to Biles daily to update his health and the health of his family members. 

The Rockets have yet to have anyone in the organization test positive for COVID-19. 

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