NBA to Continue Season if Player Tests Positive, Player to be Quarantined
The biggest questions regarding a potential return to play seems to have been answered.
Well, kind of.
Of course, if the NBA enters a bubble city to play out the remainder of its schedule and postseason, the key concern will be player and staff safety. On a Friday conference call with the NBPA, Commissioner Adam Silver has stated that the league has no plans to stop play in the scenario that a player contracts COVID-19.
“We’re going to have to find a way to work through this,” silver told players on Friday. “This could turn out to be the single greatest challenge of all of our lives. Until there is a vaccine or some magical cocktail that prevents people from dying from this virus, we are going to be dealing with it, collectively.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 9, 2020
According to Silver, an infected player will be isolated in quarantine for a two-week period, while the season will continue to go on. All players and staff will receive daily medical testing as well up until the conclusion of the postseason. With the financial implications of a lost season, the NBA will do everything in its power to finish its season while protecting team personnel to the best of their ability.
The NBA is already expecting the 2020-21 season to begin without fans, which would cost the league up to 40% of its revenue. The salary cap for the coming season is also projected to see a steep decline.
In the meantime, Silver admitted the NBA “couldn’t start now even if we wanted to,” but has left the door open for a June start. Multiple teams have already re-opened practice facilities with others expected to follow suit in coming weeks. Silver hopes to conduct a three-week training camp prior to the re-start of the season.
The league continues to monitor safety regulations in the United States while considering its options potential locations