As the world takes further precautions to minimize the impact of the coronavirus, the NBA is prepping for a reality that involves their season’s suspension stretching until at least June.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday evening that the NBA may not be able to resume until the summertime:
Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, NBA owners and executives are bracing for the possibility of mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the league’s return, sources told ESPN.
Fears exist of a season completely lost, especially based on the slow response of the United States to flatten the curve of the coronavirus and make testing available on a widespread basis. The CDC issued a recommendation on Sunday night that no events or gatherings should include more than 50 people for the next two months.
Mid-June is usually when the NBA Finals are wrapping up and parade routes are being drawn. If the league is indeed put on hold until that time, it would be the most bizarre end of a season we’ve seen.
It's reported that a number of NBA owners and execs increasingly believe a best-case scenario is a mid-to-late June return to play - without fans in attendance. pic.twitter.com/FpHErobtle— theScore (@theScore) March 15, 2020
On a grand scale basketball clearly isn’t the most important thing to be concerned about during these times, but it will certainly be fascinating to watch how this saga develops.
We’ll keep you updated here as the story progresses.