To be or not to be?
It seems NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, is dilly dallying on whether to restart or not their scheduled return.
This is because of the still-rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the United States.
“Certainly, if we have a lot of (coronavirus) cases, we’re going to stop,” Silver told Time.
Silver further elaborated:
“You cannot run from this virus.
“I am absolutely convinced that it will be safer on this campus than off this campus,
“Because there aren’t many other situations I’m aware of where there’s mass testing of asymptomatic employees.
“So in some ways, this is maybe a model for how other industries ultimately open.
“[It’s] never ‘full steam no matter what.
One thing we’re learning about this virus is that much is unpredictable.”
What’s The Setup
The NBA is set to get back underway on July 31st.
However, instead of 30 NBA teams, only 22 will play.
They will all be congregating in Orlando, Florida, to finish the season at the Disney World complex.
Inside the complex, the players, coaching staff, technical officials, and broadcast crew will all be isolated.
The complex is equipped with a stadium, hotel and other amenities they will need to allow the broadcasting of the NBA games.
Cause For Concern
The NBA recently announced that after testing 302 of its players, 16 tested positive, said CNN.
One of those 16 is DeAndre Jordan of the Brooklyn Nets.
Jordan posted on Twitter that following his positive test and he won’t be traveling to Florida.
The ratio of positive cases at the moment does not worry Silver though, said the report.
“It’s not alarming based on what we’re seeing in the broader population,” says Silver.
“In many ways, it was somewhat predictable.
Where I’m most relieved … is that among those 16 positive tests, there are no severe cases.”