NBA commissioner Adam Silver hasn’t set a timeline for when the league is hoping to make a decision whether or not to proceed with the 2019-20 season.
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping things on hiatus for the foreseeable future, the NBA is floating around ideas on how to resume if games are able to played.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr joined ESPN’s The Jump to discuss the Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance,” and was asked by host Rachel Nichols if he prefers to cancel or continue the season.
““I would really love to see some conclusion to this season, if people’s health isn’t compromised obviously that’s the main thing,” Kerr said. “Can we find a way to do it where nobody’s at risk, and we can have some competition that would allow the teams that are clearly the best teams in the league to compete against each other, I know it’s not the same thing, but if that’s the best we could do at minimum, it would be great to be able to do that.”
The Warriors will not be in the playoffs, but playing out the final 17 games could impact their odds at winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
Kerr isn’t afraid to share his opinion when it comes to social and political issues. He has tweeted and spoken about the need to minimize the spread of the virus to ensure the health of the public.
Still, Kerr wants the NBA to crown a champion in 2020, even if it means delaying next season.
“If it were to push next season’s start time back a little bit, no problem, we can do that,” Kerr said. “It’s not my department, but the league has talked about doing that anyway. With what is going on in the country, I think we have to be flexible.”
I’m with Kerr on this. Whenever things can get back to normal, the NBA needs to find a way to finish out the regular season and playoffs. The Warriors won’t be hurt by either outcome as long as the draft lottery odds rules aren’t changed.
It’s still going to be a while before fans are allowed to attend sporting events in California, so if this has to be done with empty arenas, so be it.
When do you think would be a “drop dead” date for the league to cancel the season? Or do you think the league should finish out the regular season and playoffs no matter what?