No decision to resume play before May: NBA commissioner Silver
NBA notary Adam Silver said Monday there will be no decision on the league finale coronavirus close until May at the earliest.
Silver, speaking on the NBA 's Twitter account as part of the league's new NBA Together initiative, said, in a perfect world the league would finish the regular season in some form and move onto the playoffs but that it was too early to make projections.
The NBA was the first major North American professional league to shut down over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essentially, what I told my friends over the past week is that we should accept that, at least during the month of April, we will not be in a position to make decisions, Silver said.
And I don't think that necessarily means that we will be on May 1.
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In mid-March, with five weeks remaining in the 82-game schedule, the NBA suspended its season until further notice after a player tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Since then a number of other NBA players have tested positive, including former league Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn networks .
The playoffs were originally scheduled to begin April 18 and end in June, and although Silver said the league had been working on a variety of scenarios to restart the season, there were many unknowns at the moment.
"When we initially shut down we were calling it a hiatus or a pause, there was a notion of 30 days because there wasn't any of the widespread view at that point that our country would in essence be entirely shut down over the next several weeks," said Silver.
The fact is, I'm sitting here today. I know less, in a way, than I knew then.
Silver said the league was in listening mode and discussed with players and teams the scenarios to restart the season, including playing in practice facilities without fans or moving games to a single city.
But I added that in recent weeks the NBA had gone from discussing scenarios regarding possible start-up dates to a more dialled-back approach while waiting to see what happens with the fight against the pandemic
Initially, for the first week, two weeks, we were looking for more specific scenarios, Silver said. If we start this date, what would it mean for the regular season? When would the playoffs start? When would they end?
And, again, what I have learned in the last few weeks is that we have very little information to make such projections.