Resumption of NBA Season Still on Track
There’s no doubt that covid-19 isn’t going away anytime in the near future and NBA commissioner Adam Silver knows there if the NBA will pull of the conclusion of the NBA season, there is no choice but to live with the virus.
Joining Silver in a conference call were NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, NBPA president Chris Paul, as well as Andre Iguodala. When asked about the fast increase in coronavirus cases in Florida recently, Silver recognizes the best way to pull off the 22-team resumption of the season is in a contained, closed network at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando
Thirteen teams from the Western Conference and nine teams from the Eastern Conference will report to Orlando to play eight games with possible play-in series for the number eight seeds in each conference. The first games are schedule for July 23 and 24 with the NBA Finals set for end of September into October.
To keep the players and everyone else involved in pulling off the conclusion to the season, there will be testing daily inside the bubble. Clearly there is concern over the recently daily increase of cases in Florida that reached 9000 on Friday. Silver is confident that the setup in Orlando is conducive to isolation from the increased level of cases in nearby areas.
Not only must the players be tested, the league continues to work diligently with Disney on testing other workers that will be in direct proximity to the players as well as anyone on the campus.
As of now 16 players out of the 302 tests have tested positive, which will require the player from activity for two weeks. In the scheme of the schedule, that equates to missing a round of the playoffs.
Despite a player testing positive, Silver continued that the league would not miss a beat. The teams with players testing positive will treat it as an injury and proceed with the schedule and playoffs as planned. Of course, if there was a spread of the virus on a large scale through the community, the possibility for the league to halt play is a real one.
Paul and Iguodala agree with Silver in the sense that this is a new situation, one that is unprecedented. The key is that players are aware about what is going on and take all the necessary steps to resume play and remain as safe as possible in the process.
The eight teams that are not taking part in the return to action in Orlando need to find a way to play before the start of next training camp for the 2020-2021 season. After all, they will have gone nine months without competition. The idea is that the teams will figure out a plan to get their players in game-type atmosphere so they are ready for the start of the next season.fausse rolex
For now, the league can only take one step at a time, each one with the intent of getting through the season with as little covid-19 positive cases as possible. Only time will tell if that is achievable or not.