With the priority of testing everyone who required it and setting up isolation protocols done, the league turns to the future. The main factor will be projections made by health officials in the CDC, national recommendations to stop the spread of the virus, and they just came out with some sobering news.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation on Sunday night that no events or gatherings should include more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. In line with that recommendation, the NBA is now considering a return in mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario, according to Woj.
“Everything is on the table for the league right now, and there is a great deal of uncertainty about lies ahead.”Adrian Wojnarowski
Having a rough timeline helps the league and Board of Governors to create more specific plans and contingencies. One of the main issues with such a long break is arena availability. Creating the NBA schedule is complicated enough without the virus, working around events ranging from concerts to Monster Truck shows. If the league started in late June, that would imply the Playoffs would happen well into August. It’s time to get creative.
Even if the season did continue in mid-to-late June, it would still most likely be under the recommendation to limit the number of people in a public setting. Teams are exploring the possibility of playing in practice facilities and smaller arenas to mitigate the lack of fans in the stands, which also helps with finding available locations in July and August.
We will continue to update you with all relevant information, but it’s realistic to conclude that we should brace ourselves for a two-month break from NBA basketball. For now, we can only do the same thing the NBA is doing. Follow the CDC updates and hope for good news. Stay safe and take care of each other.