Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson believes the NBL should charter planes for both his team and the Sydney Kings for the remainder of the grand final series.
Disappointed to have lost home-court advantage for game two of the best-of-five series due to the coronavirus lockout, Gleeson called on the NBL to further protect players for the remainder of the playoffs.
"We're not playing in front of a crowd because of health concerns, yet they are letting us go on a plane," he said after the 97-83 loss to the Kings at RAC Arena on Friday night.
"The NBL should follow it through and have a charter flight for both teams to go.
"It's just being consistent with what they are doing. Both teams are in the same boat, or plane."
Friday's result levelled the series 1-1 after Perth claimed game one in Sydney last Sunday. Both teams were scheduled to travel on a commercial Qantas flight back to Sydney before game three on Sunday.
Will Weaver doesn't share Gleeson's concerns.
The Kings coach applauded the way the NBL has handled the situation and has no issues about having to spend time at airports or on a plane with the general public.
"This is firmly outside of my area of expertise," he said.
"The only comment I have is how comforting and impressive and proud I am of everyone involved that they worked to figure out a solution that kept the integrity of the finals and allowed for a finishing out of the games, while doing our social duty and being mindful of what a small part sport is in the greater picture.
"I don't think a charter is a make-or-break issue for us.
"I am just excited the games are going ahead while we take care of what we need to take care of.
"It shows a lot of commitment from the owners of the teams and the League."
Friday night was a bit strange at a near-empty RAC Arena.
The Wildcats cheerleaders still went through their routines, the music still blared while the court announcer tried his best to rev up the couple of hundred friends and family that were allowed in to watch.
But you could hear the players talking to each other on-court and the coaches talking to their players and the referees.
Gleeson felt the result was them losing the home-court advantage, something Perth probably enjoys better than any other team.
"It's 14,000 fans that we have cheering and supporting us and helping us, that have been the best sixth man for a number of years," he said.
"I know they would be disappointed not coming to the game, so it's disappointing that at two o'clock or something, that we get told that there is no home court advantage, basically.
"It is what it is and it doesn't stop our poor performance on defence today."