FILE – In this file dated October 23, 2019, file – Photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a press conference at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA. The players think they will be playing games again this season. The obvious questions like how , where and when remain unanswered (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, file)
In the uncertain NBA, something is finally clear: The players believe that they will play games again this season.
The obvious questions – how? Where? When? – remain unanswered. Testing, which is part of the new normality of this corona virus era, will be an integral part of any return-to-play plan that the NBA will develop. The Disney campus near Orlando, Florida makes a lot of sense given its size, numerous dishes, and connections to league broadcasting partner ESPN. And the earlier the games start, the sooner the process of finding out the next season can begin.
Several people who are familiar with the details of the talks have told The Associated Press this week that players across the league are being asked to mentally and physically prepare for training camps that could be only a few weeks away. It may not be an unanimously accepted idea, but two and a half months after this pandemic shutdown, the NBA finally appears to be on the verge of moving forward.
"I have faith in Adam Silver and the NBA and the NBA teams … they won't let us come back if we ever get hurt," said Jared Dudley of the Los Angeles Lakers this week . "And here it is tested to be clean and to do everything I think is safe."
Select a scenario for the return-to-play plan, and surely someone has heard it. It's an option to bring all 30 teams back and resume the regular season. So we're bringing back about 20 teams and we have a kind of expanded playoff, an idea that essentially reflects what the NHL is talking about today. A compressed playoff was also discussed.
The latest sign of momentum: Marc Lasry, owner of Milwaukee, said on Thursday on CNBC that the NBA governing council would meet again next week and he believed "we should play within the next six to eight weeks".
Silver, the commissioner who had to deal with a number of turbulent issues in the pre-season, from tense relations in China to the death of David Stern and Kobe Bryant in January, and now a pandemic that will almost certainly affect the league will affect financial health for the next few years – listen to all ideas.
"Again, the direction the league office has taken from our teams is that at this point, all the rules are ineffective given the situation we are in and the country in," said Silver in last month. "If there is an opportunity to resume the game, even if it looks different than before, we should model it."
The calendar dictates that these decisions will be made soon, supported by the fact that Silver told players two weeks ago that in two to four weeks he would like to present a plan to return to the game . ”The window opens during this period.
"I am delighted to be able to come back," Cleveland striker Kevin Love said in a comment that aired this week on the NBA's Twitter channel. "I think there is so much good that can result from this … People need this escape and as athletes we want to return to what we love most."
It will be different. Fans will not participate in games unless there is seismic change in thinking. There is no home advantage as the games will almost certainly all take place in neutral locations. Even the Orlando Magic won't have the home advantage. They could use their own homes when the NBA comes to Central Florida, but it's not that the games will take place in their arena.
And someone will probably test positive if the game continues. In this case, he will almost certainly have to stay out for at least two weeks. If a playoff series takes place every other day, it means that someone who is positive can never return to that series. Imagine LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo test positive; The title chances for the Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks would basically be gone immediately.
But in a season when the NBA is sure to lose money, possibly $ 1 billion or more, there is an obvious appetite to get back to work if security can be guaranteed.
"It was like being a scared kid who wants to do something but can't, or a scared dog that tells him to sit and he looks at you like & # 39; Come on, Brother & # 39; and his tail starts to wag because he's so excited, "said all-star Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat. "It was a whole spectrum of the unknown."
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