The 2019-20 season — which was postponed in March — is about to get again underway on July 31, with 22 of the 30 NBA groups congregating in Orlando, Florida, to complete the season on the Disney World advanced.
But though Silver is definite that “it will be safer on this campus than off this campus,” a “significant spread” of optimistic instances between gamers might outcome within the cancellation of the season.
“[It’s] by no means ‘full steam it doesn’t matter what.’ One factor we’re studying about this virus is that a lot is unpredictable.”
The NBA recently announced that after testing 302 of its players, 16 tested positive. One of those 16, DeAndre Jordan of the Brooklyn Nets, posted on Twitter that following his positive test, he won’t be traveling to Florida.
The ratio of positive cases at the moment does not worry Silver though. “It’s not alarming primarily based on what we’re seeing within the broader inhabitants,” says Silver. “In some ways, it was considerably predictable. Where I’m most relieved … is that amongst these 16 optimistic checks, there aren’t any extreme instances.”
A coalition of NBA players — led by Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving — have voiced their opposition to the league’s plan for restarting and have instead decided to sit out the remainder of the season to continue focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement and the global call for social change in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police in May.
However, Silver believes that players can do more good by using their platforms during the restart, with the eyes of the sporting world watching.
And Silver helps the gamers and their need to talk out.
“These athletes need to be heard on these points, understandably,” Silver said. “And we additionally, a minimum of within the case of the NBA, have a league the place roughly 75% of our gamers are Black.
“They are probably some of the most prominent Black people in the entire world. They don’t just park their skin color, or who they are, when they play basketball. They have their life experiences, and they want to bring those to bear.”