Wizards’ Wes Unseld Jr. Enters Health Protocols – NBC4 Washington

Wizards’ Unseld Jr. enters Protocols, Delany to coach vs. Blazers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards announced Friday that head coach Wes Unseld Jr. has entered NBA health and safety protocols and will not be available for at least Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Assistant Coach Pat Delany will take over as interim head coach for the contest.

Unseld Jr. is in his first season as NBA head coach, having guided the Wizards to a 22-20 start good for the ninth-best record in the Eastern Conference.

A string of coronavirus cases has left the Wizards roster thin on several occasions this season, but Unseld Jr. had avoided protocols until now. He joins star guard Bradley Beal as the only two Wizards members currently sidelined due to the virus.

As a result, the Wizards will look to veteran assistant Delany to continue their three-game winning streak. Delany joined the Unseld Jr. team last offseason after seven seasons under Steve Clifford on the Charlotte Hornets (2014-18) and Orlando Magic (2018-21). He also spent a season as head coach of the G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce and held various coordinator and scouting roles with the Boston Celtics (2001-02) and Miami Heat (2002-13).

The Wizards face the Trail Blazers on Saturday night in the first of 12 straight games against playoff-position teams. If Unseld Jr. tested positive on Friday, he would have to self-isolate for at least the next five days. That would force him to miss both Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers and their matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday as well.

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