Commissioner Adam Silver announces that the NBA will continue to schedule games amid the surge in the number of players entering the league's health and safety protocols.
We have to learn to live with it
Currently, there are more than 80 players on Covid monitoring of the NBA. Teams continue to play with depleted lineups, and there have been postponed games due to rosters having below the required number of players to play a game. As such, many have questioned whether the NBA must pause the season to plan the next course of action or go to a bubble-type setup similar to the Orlando bubble. Finally, Silver announces his decision on what the league should do next.
"This virus will not be eradicated, so we have to learn to live with it."
Silver announced his decision via his interview with ESPN's Malika Andrews. Adam cited that the new variant is responsible for about 90 percent of cases among playes in the NBA. 65 percent of the NBA has received booster shots, yet there's still a rise in cases in the league. Silver and team owners did their part, and getting vaccinated is still the best option for everyone. Tighter health protocols and more stringent testing will have to be done if everyone hopes to continue.
Impact on the ongoing season
Depleted rosters hurt a contending team's chances of getting better positions in standings. As superstars get sidelined, the NBA allowed teams to sign 10-day contracts under hardship extension. This will ensure teams have at least eight available players required for games to continue.
Silver is right when he said everyone has to live with the virus. A bubble setup would ruin the league's schedule, not to mention the additional cost it would bring. It's only a temporary solution to a long-term problem. The NBA just could not resort to a bubble set up every time a new variant of Covid comes up.
Meanwhile, Adams had to choose, and he decided to continue the season despite the risks to players, team staff, and fans. So it's a tough one to call but necessary a needed one. So here's to hope the cases would go down soon and the NBA finishes the current season smoothly.