We all miss the NBA. At this point, we could use a little basketball action on our television screens. What if the NBA could find a way to come back sooner in a different factor?
In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, commissioner Adam Silver admitted that the league had given some thought to a one-off exhibition, potentially as a fundraiser, while the league is suspended.
“Maybe it’s for a giant fundraiser or just for the collective good of the people,” Silver said. “You take a subset of players and is there a protocol in which they can be tested and quarantined and isolated in some way. … People are stuck at home. They need a diversion. They need to be entertained.”
While this is a great idea from Silver, not all of the NBA players have been tested yet.
Players from three teams (the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, and Brooklyn Nets) are confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Wednesday that all their players and staff had tested negative for the disease, while other teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly awaiting the results of their own tests.
Silver also said he didn’t know when play could return. The NBA has said the shutdown will be at least 30 days, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has subsequently said it recommends no gatherings of more than 10 people take place before mid-May.