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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said on Tuesday that he thought the NBA would return in early July, and the league has discussed a potential tournament for the last two seeded players from each conference.
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Smith made comments based on conversations with players, managers and league officials, all of whom are motivated to end the 2019-2020 season – provided there is no other case peak of coronavirus across the country.
The NBA has maintained that it will follow the advice of healthcare professionals when it decides to resume the season.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports (via Sports Illustrated), The league has had several discussions but has not made any formal decisions about what to do next.
“Honestly, we made no decision,” said Silver on April 6. “In a perfect world, yes, we would try to end the regular season in some form, then move on to the playoffs. But what I learned, I think at the beginning, the first week, the first two weeks, we were looking at more specific scenarios. If we start this date, what would that mean for the regular season? When would the playoffs start? When would they end? What I’ve learned over the past few weeks is that we just have too little information to make these kinds of projections. ”
The NBA announced Monday that it will not open the team’s facilities until at least May 8. Facilities will only be open in states where home stay orders have been lifted. Teams will be limited to only four players in the facility at any one time, and there will be no group work. It is not known whether the ban on team facilities will actually be lifted at that time, as some teams have expressed concerns about the safety of players and staff.
“We will wait and see what happens in the state over the next two weeks,” said Hawks president of basketball operations and general manager Travis Schlenk at ESPN. Adrian Wojnarowski. “If there is a positive response, we will open slowly. If it is a negative answer, we will ensure that our staff and players remain healthy. “
Any type of play-in tournament or regular season or playoff resumption is probably within months. The NBA should give players time to get back in shape, work with teammates and determine exactly how many games will be canceled due to the pandemic. It’s all without knowing where these games will be played.