There are still a lot of uncertainties about the continuation of the NBA season. NBA players and fans around the world are eagerly waiting for new information about the whole situation, but nothing hasn’t been decided yet.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported about the NBA being increasingly open to delaying next season to have more time for next year to be able to have fans in the building. There is a fear of having to start the year in empty arenas. And if they were going to start in their regular time – mid-, late-October – it’s hard to imagine that there would be fans in the stands. The league is also trying to look at everything. It isn’t just about this season; it’s a two-, three-, four-year look moving forward.
We’ve heard a lot of conflicting information about NBA executives wanting the season to be canceled or not. First, Jabar Young of CNBC reported about their frustration with the lack of information and that they are leaning towards canceling the season.
“Team executives are starting to feel the pressure, frustrated with the lack of information from the league and pushing for an outright cancellation of the season so everyone can focus on safely resuming play next season. With so much uncertainty still surrounding coronavirus, agents are also privately calling on NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to cancel the remainder of the season. ’I’m surprised because Silver always errs on the side of caution and doing what’s right,’ said one agent, who added he felt Silver would have decided to cancel by now.”Dan Feldman, NBC Sports
Later there were reports about NBA team presidents having their regular call held on Thursday, discussing the possibility of resuming the season. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban expressed optimism about resolving the situation, saying that “every intention is to return to play and try to create the best environment we can for the league and the fans.” At the same time, Spurs’ CEO R.C. Buford participated in the call with top team officials, saying that they are all on board for the season to continue.
After information surfaced about the possibility of canceling the season, LeBron took on twitter and separated himself from the group of people who don’t want the season to resume, talking about him and his team being ready to finish the season up.
If the NBA does resume, the league is discussing the method of teams being quarantined in a so-called bubble city, reducing the potential exposure to the virus. Different locations have been considered, with the latest one being Disney World in Orlando. However, they won’t make any decisions before security protocols are satisfied. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA expects to need somewhere around 15,000 coronavirus tests to begin playing games again safely. That number would roughly cover the required amount to regularly test the hundreds of people playing and working games in quarantine from beginning to end of the resumed season.
The NBA has been shut down since March 11, and 259 regular-season games have yet to be played. It remains unclear if and when the season will continue. It also hasn’t been decided if the regular season is resumed, will the rest of the games be played out or if the NBA would opt to go directly into the playoffs.