There was a lot of buzz generated about the return of the 2019-20 NBA season today. With the schedules set and Silver reiterating the league’s plan to restart, the community is hyped, to say the least.
But even despite Silver’s intentions, there are some threats to the plan.
During a conference call on Friday, the commissioner apparently revealed one particular scenario that could shut things down for good.
Adam Silver says that if there is a “significant spread” of COVID-19 in the bubble, “that may lead us to stopping” play.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 26, 2020
There have been plenty of positive tests within the past week alone — but if the players get contaminated with the virus during the season in the “bubble,” they might be forced to shut things down for good.
Cases all around the country, and especially in Orlando, have risen to staggering numbers recently and concern grows with each passing day.
Silver, “Yes, the level of concern has increased, not just because of the increased levels in Florida, but throughout the country.”
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 26, 2020
So, while the idea of continuing the season is exciting, there is no guarantee that it will actually happen. COVID-19 has no concern for basketball, feelings, or the lives of innocent people.
We should all be holding our breath…