Appearing on SportsCenter late Friday night, Windhorst called it a “bad week” for the NBA and said optimism about progress had “turned south.”
As a result, Windhorst said the NBA is considering an agreement between the players’ union and the league that would close the rest of the season.
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 4, 2020
“They have no discussions to restart the league,” said Windhorst. “They are having financial discussions on what would happen if the season ended and I think there is a lot of pessimism at the moment. “
Professional sports leagues in the United States have been closely monitoring the actions of the Chinese Basketball Association, but on Thursday the Chinese government imposed restrictions on team sports, thwarting the CBA’s hopes to resume its season soon.
The Chinese government today issued a new ordinance restricting the resumption of team sports, a blow to professional basketball to return there as soon as expected. China’s attempts to revive the sport are closely watched by leagues around the world. The major problem is asymptomatic carriers
– Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) March 31, 2020
“A big reason was what happened in China where they halted the return of their league,” said Windhorst. “They thought if they tested the temperature of the players all the time it would work, and the Chinese find that asymptomatic carriers are causing a second wave in this country. “
According to Windhorst, the lack of available tests also plays a role because the league must ensure that players are healthy enough to participate in a match. The NBA, said Windhorst, leaves the option to resume the season open to negotiations, and that a decision need not be made at this time.
The league has been suspended indefinitely since March 12, when Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.