Dr. Anthony Fauci is impressed by the NBA's restart plan

Quinton Mayo
NBC Sports Washington

While there has been a recent wave of snags looking to upend the NBA's proposed return, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci,  gave the NBA's efforts his stamp of approval in a recent interview with Stadium.

"I actually have looked at that plan and it's really quite creative what they are really trying to do," Fauci said. "I think they might very well be successful with it - to create a situation where it is as safe as it possibly could be for the players by creating this bubble."

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"Essentially testing everybody, make sure that you start with a baseline of everybody being negative and trying to make sure that there is no influx into that cohort of individuals and do a tournament-type play."

A group of the NBA's top young stars, Miami's Bam Adebayo, Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Boston's Jayson Tatum, recently spoke with executive director Michele Roberts and senior counsel Ron Klempner about  "possible insurance allowances for players," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday afternoon.

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The goal of the insurance policy is to protect players, financially, "in the event of serious COVID-19 illnesses or career-threatening injuries suffered in Orlando," Wojnarowski said. 

A stamp of approval from Fauci may, or may not, impact the decision making process of those NBA players still on the fence about resuming the season.  Only time will tell. 

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