NBA commissioner: Too early to know how basketball will emerge from COVID-19 pandemic

Dave Uram
April 07, 2020 - 12:53 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he doesn't expect to make a decision on what to do about this season until at least May.

Silver was a guest on a webcast of "#NBATogether with Ernie Johnson" on Monday night. It had been nearly a month since he last spoke to the TNT host, the night after indefinitely postponing play.

"The fact is now, sitting here today, I know less, in a way, than I did then," Silver said.

He explained that, since the virus is so unpredictable, it’s too early to decide what will happen this season.

"We should just accept that, at least for the month of April, we won't be in a position to make any decisions."

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And thus, no decisions have been made about whether a potential return to basketball would include a regular season or not.

"In a perfect world, yes, we would try to finish the regular season in some form, and then move onto the playoffs," he said. 

The commissioner emphasized that the safety and health of everyone involved in the NBA has to come first.

Silver re-iterated the return of sports would be good for the country’s economy and psyche after everything is safe. And that's something they told President Donald Trump in what Silver said was a roughly 45-minute call over the weekend.

"Sports collectively, in essence, led the way in shutting down, and it's something I said when we were all on the call with (Trump) this weekend — I know all the leagues share this view — that we'd love to be part of the movement to re-start the economy."

ESPN reported the NBA and its players union have been looking into the feasibility of widespread testing that wouldn’t interrupt national availability.