NBA, NBPA Working on Softening League Quarantine Protocol Rules
The NBA has no plans to pause the season at this time.
As the league continues to navigate through a number of COVID outbreaks, commissioner Adam Silver believes it is up to the NBA to find ways around what has simply become part of the new normal.
“No plans right now to pause the season,” Silver said in an interview on NBA Today. “We have of course looked at all the options, but frankly we are having trouble coming up with what the logic would be behind pausing right now. As we look through these cases literally ripping through the country, let alone the rest of the world, I think we’re finding ourselves where we sort of knew we were going to get to over the past several months, and that is this virus will not be eradicated, and we’re going to have to learn to live with it. I think that’s what we’re experiencing in the league right now.”
According to reports, the NBA and NBPA are also nearing an agreement to decrease the quarantine period for players who test positive for COVID-19. In order to clear players for a quicker return, both sides are deliberating between shortening the quarantine protocol to six days – to be used in specific cases of course.
Asymptomatic players playing through COVID-19 remains “for now, a non-starter” as allowing players to participate in games with COVID-19 will only increase infections.
Sometimes the NBA has to protect its players from themselves, but with cases hitting new highs, teams are struggling to remain competitive.