When the NBA announced that the 2020-2021 season would not be played in a bubble, it raised many questions and concerns on how the NBA would manage it. Unfortunately, the organization has started to get harder as numerous positive tests and a new wave of coronavirus issues have been overwhelming the league lately.
The NBA has decided to postpone two more games: Monday’s game between the Pelicans and the Mavericks and Tuesday’s game between the Celtics and the Bulls. The reason for that is that the Mavericks and the Celtics do not have enough eligible players to compete, as they have less than eight active players. The Mavs even had to shut down their practice facility.
After postponing these two games, the total of postponed games has risen to four. The NBA has decided to meet with the NBPA to assess the current situation and protocols and what changes they can make to take control of the problem. In addition to that, all 30 general managers will discuss mandates with league officials, and a Board of Governors meeting is set for Tuesday per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The NBA's general managers have a conference call set today to discuss these issues with league today too, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/RtAvacSLmO— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 11, 2021
Unfortunately, the worst fears of NBA officials are becoming real, as the virus is beginning to impact the NBA season significantly. This could lead to a potential changing of protocols, pausing the season, or, worst-case scenario canceling it like last year.
A promising sign is that the NBA is reacting early to cut the problem in its roots, but it will be challenging to handle and manage. Let’s all hope that Adam Silver and his advisers will make the right moves to ensure the NBA keeps on going and minimizing the virus’s effect on the league, games, and players.