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catgrad97
10-21-2009, 06:15 PM
Seven players still out with the flu. Have been practicing with only seven since the first day of practice. Wonder if Miller is dealing with the same issue?

Huskies can’t run full practices because of flu (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=ap-washington-sickhuskies&prov=ap&type=lgns)

SEATTLE (AP)—While his teammates dressed for practice, Matthew Bryan-Amaning walked the halls around Washington’s basketball court wearing a light blue surgical mask. He carried two bottles of Gatorade in his left hand, a can of sports drink in his right.

“Keep that mask on, man. I don’t want that,” another student-athlete bellowed Tuesday as he darted past the junior forward and out a nearby door.

The masked man could be the Huskies’ mascot right now. The defending Pac-10 champions are too sick to fully begin practicing for the season.

Coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday seven of his 12 players, including senior leader Quincy Pondexter, have had the flu since Saturday’s first full day of practice.

The Huskies had only seven players for drills at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Monday and Tuesday, limiting them to 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 drills. The only plus: there’s been more individual attention and coaching of the team’s two freshmen who don’t have the flu, Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox.

Trainers and assistants have spent extra time wiping down the locker room, but there’s only so much they can do.

“Every time we see the team, someone else has it,” Romar said.

He said this spreading flu is the worst illness he’s had on a team since he began coaching in 1992 as an assistant at UCLA.

Sophomore forward Darnell Gant has been the sickest. He called Romar at 2 a.m. Saturday saying he was ill, hours after Washington had a nationally televised “Midnight Madness” in front of an estimated 6,000 fans. Others who have been on the side watching practice: Venoy Overton, Scott Suggs, Clarence Trent and Tyreese Breshers.

Pondexter was back at practice Tuesday.

Suggs and Breshers were also wearing masks Tuesday. Suggs teased healthy Isaiah Thomas with fake coughs as he walked by the guard before Suggs watched practice from the stands, with his mask on.

Romar says none of the players have been diagnosed with the H1N1 strain. He added that if they had to play a game now they could with seven players, some of whom would be ailing. Luckily for Washington, its first game isn’t until Nov. 13 against Wright State.

Bryan-Amaning said he’s had a fever, headache and lightheadedness.

“Woke up with it Monday morning,” Bryan-Amaning said, through the mask.

Thomas, last season’s Pac-10 freshman of the year, said he’s avoided getting it because “I don’t live with those guys.”

He and his tired legs can’t wait until his teammates get better.

“Definitely,” Thomas said, rolling his eyes. “Being at practice and you only got seven players there, no substitutes—whew!”

smashmode
10-21-2009, 07:21 PM
well that is just great lol.

Flipper
10-21-2009, 07:44 PM
Sounds about right. UCLA has 6 players out with various forms of injuries, so that even things out a bit.;)

TheCat
10-21-2009, 08:37 PM
Well they may get H1N1 next. Arizona's luck is we will wait till the season starts to get ill.

Zero
10-21-2009, 08:52 PM
Sounds about right. UCLA has 6 players out with various forms of injuries, so that even things out a bit.;)

Sounds about right since you both will be fighting for second against Cal. :)

acarr1
10-21-2009, 09:06 PM
A pox on the Huskies?

MrBug708
10-21-2009, 09:20 PM
Sounds about right since you both will be fighting for second against Cal. :)

haha

azhoops
10-21-2009, 09:22 PM
Why the hell do they go to practice if they are sick? No wonder they all have it.

Merkin
10-21-2009, 09:28 PM
“Keep that mask on, man. I don’t want that,” another student-athlete bellowed Tuesday as he darted past the junior forward and out a nearby door.

Studies have shown the masks are better at stopping the spreading of disease if you have it than they are at preventing disease from reaching you. So yea, if you got the flu, wear a mask.

gumby
10-21-2009, 09:58 PM
One of the H1N1 priority groups is people 6 to 24. So get those shots ASAP.

I suspect a lot of teams (football, too) will get hit hard.

Merkin
10-21-2009, 11:23 PM
Just saw something on the news tonight, the first batch of H1N1 vaccine in this area went to the Atascadero State Hospital, home to the state's criminal sexual offenders.

TheCat
10-21-2009, 11:40 PM
Hopefully it was a bad batch.....

ZonaCats8
10-22-2009, 12:15 AM
It's not going to happen, because quite frankly it can't at this point, but I'd love to see the football and basketball team figure out a way to make sure no more than 2 athletes are living together. The line from Thomas about not living with those guys could have been somewhat of a joke, but I'll bet that is exactly how so many college teams are being hit by the flu.

Now I know there is no difference between a house off athletes and a house of just students, neither is going to have any better or worse of a chance of getting sick, but if the players are living in separate places, they have a less likely chance of spreading it to each other.

TheCat
10-22-2009, 10:43 AM
There are studies that say H1N1 can be transmitted up to 10 feet. I hope the guys get some shots soon. My company is doing regular flu shots next week followed by the H1n1 later if the vacine is available. Not sure if it will be nasal or the shot.