It’s been just a week since the NBA went on indefinite hiatus, but the state of the world has changed so dramatically in that time that it’s nearly become unrecognizable. Around the globe, both state-mandated and self-imposed quarantine protocols have relegated citizens to the confines of their homes and have shut down businesses and public places.
Very low on the list of priorities is when, or if, pro sports leagues might be able to resume their season in progress, but nonetheless, the NBA is an enormous business with major financial implications that branch out into multiple sectors, so it’s no surprise that the league offices have been exploring their various options for moving forward.
I asked Adam Silver how he'd determine if the NBA season could resume, and if so, what it would look like – he told me the league is considering three different options for going forward, including a possible one-off event for charity. Said Silver: "all suggestions welcome." pic.twitter.com/rX7D5oJvup
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 19, 2020
Among those options are resuming and extending the current season, scrapping the regular season and starting right in on the playoffs, or if worse comes to worst, canceling the season altogether. Commissioner Adam Silver addressed some of these possibilities in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday, hinting at the idea of a potential one-off, All-Star-type fundraising event that would feature players who have tested negative and been isolated
Silver also discussed the idea of a complete overhaul in the NBA calendar, should the league resume and extend through the summer or early fall, which could subsequently spur an idea that’s been floated before about starting the season on or around Christmas.
For now, everything remains on hold. Silver also addressed questions about teams getting access to testing and noted he understood the concerns but that the league was following health officials’ recommendations, noting NBA players fall into the “super-spreader” category and in Oklahoma, it was at the request of state health officials the Utah Jazz team was tested.
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