Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Published 1:36 p.m. ET March 31, 2020 | Updated 1:39 p.m. ET March 31, 2020CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideNo shooting on New York City playground basketball courts. No 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 on Indiana public courts.Basketball never stops – unless a novel coronavirus pandemic brings the shooting, dribbling and passing to a halt.Across the United States, parks and recreation departments have shut down courts amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and they are going to extraordinary lengths to mandate social distancing protocols. Parks and rec departments have removed rims, tied the nets to rims and placed wood over rims.It’s the ultimate block. This is parks and rec departments giving ballers the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag.In New York City, 138 courts were disabled by removing the rims from baskets.“New York City is a proud basketball town, and we would never remove hoops unless absolutely necessary,” NYC Parks commissioner Mitchell Silver told USA TODAY Sports in a statement. “Responsive to the State’s ban on gatherings and group play, the City urged New Yorkers to use their common sense and mandated social distancing. As people continued to disregard guidelines, we have strategically removed hoops at 138 sites across the city and will continue to do so

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