Coronavirus has dealt a massive blow on many activities across the world. Sporting activities have not been left out of this destruction as the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of this pandemic has been well emphasized.
The 2020-2021 NBA season took an indefinite break on March 11, 2020, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Since then, authorities have tried to explore all means possible to get back onto the court. After many deliberations, it looks like a solution has been found.
The possible resumption of NBA in December
The NBA not only does what it can to secure the present season, but it also hopes that the next season is smooth given the Coronavirus pandemic, which is now in full swing. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a proposal that took some traction lately is pushing the beginning of next year back, not only to give enough time to end this season but also to improve the likelihood of people coming to the arena at some stage next season.
And when is the season 2020-21 going to start? It’s not yet done, but it might theoretically be as late as Christmas, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The NBA used Christmas long to mark regular-season practices, and the 2011-12 season began in reality on Christmas, which was due to the 2011 lockout.
The regular NBA season wraps up typically in October, but it is reported that before Christmas, the 2020/21 campaign will begin and continue until the end of July or early August.
ESPN added that if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, NBA plans to delay the next season to encourage it to play as many games as possible with fans.
“If you start in December, that doesn’t mean the people are coming back in December, but maybe they’re back by March,” an anonymous member of the NBA’s board of governors told ESPN.
As it stands now, considering the impact of the pandemic and the current threat it poses, arenas are going to be empty, and the spread of the virus could be very deadly if any risk is taken.
So what happens next?
Commissioner Adam Silver appears to have brilliant observations from intelligent people’s brains by his hands. The Chairman of the Selection Committee was taken back from San Antonio Spurs CEO R.C. Buford and Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri; the Celtics Coach Brad Stevens may be responsible for developing a comprehensive schedule for restarting training camps.
But there’ll probably be some form of pushback even with this experience on your side. Reports suggest that the NBA would encourage teams, for example, to return to their facilities in countries with loosened quarantine restrictions. The League’s GMs spent Saturday and Sunday on the telephone with each other and the League after the publication, said Woj, trying to clarify the goals, timeframes, safety concerns, as well as potential options for teams outside the chosen markets.
For now, that’s only a plan to restore normalization. More pushback is not difficult to imagine if the NBA is trying to secure an estimated 15000 COVID-19 league test for use since resumed until the end of this summer or if the League finally decides which site(s) will hold the remaining season.
Whatever Silver chooses to do would most definitely be his most scrutinized decision to date, with a commissioner usually welcomed with his answers in the face of adversity.
An NBA spokesperson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that there were no “substantive discussions” in the MGM Resorts International over hosting games without fans at the facilities of the hospitals and entertainment giants.
The NBA has announced that the lots and draft combine, which would be held back in Chicago, will be postponed this month. The League has not agreed to cancel the NBA draft for this year, which is set to be held on June 25. However, ESPN claims that it is only a matter of time to postpone this occurrence.
To be or not to be? That is the question. Will the NBA season resume in December? Will the head of COVID-19 be buried in the sand by then? Well, as it stands now, only time has all the answers.