Sources: NBA, owners to plot coronavirus plans

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The NBA has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday afternoon with team owners and governors to discuss next steps in the growing coronavirus crisis, league sources tell ESPN.

There are escalating concerns among many owners and executives that the NBA could be headed toward games played with only essential personnel in arenas, but so far, the league office has only pushed teams to be prepared should that necessity arise.

There are no current mandates from any national, state or local officials that NBA games should be played without fans, based upon the outbreak of the coronavirus in North America.

Nevertheless, the NBA has teams ramping up preparations for contingencies based upon emerging details and consultations with medical experts and municipalities.

There is also a conference call on Monday night for team physicians and athletic trainers with the NBA, according to a memo obtained by ESPN on Saturday.

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