Basketball News: Even as the number of players undergoing the league’s health and safety protocols relating to the coronavirus continues to grow, NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated on Tuesday that there are “no intentions” to suspend the season.
In an interview with ESPN, Silver said the league has looked into a number of scenarios but has yet to come up with a reason to halt play. At least 82 players from 20 teams were believed to be in the protocols as of Tuesday afternoon, but those numbers fluctuate practically hourly.
“To be honest, we’re having a hard time figuring out what the logic would be for pausing right now,” Silver added. “As we examine the instances that are currently sweeping the country, setting aside the rest of the world, I believe we’re finally arriving at the conclusion that we’ve been anticipating for some months: this virus will not be eradicated, and we’ll have to learn to live with it. This is exactly what we’re seeing in the league right now.”
Silver’s comments came on the same day that the NBA informed the 10 NBA clubs with games scheduled on Christmas that the league may have to adjust certain game times for the planned five-game slate if virus-related difficulties force lineup changes and create voids in the national television schedule.
The league advised the clubs that filling the critical windows for Saturday’s games, which include the intervals at 7.30 pm, 10 pm, and 1 am UK time, is the top priority. For the time being, those matchups would be Boston vs. Milwaukee, Golden State vs. Phoenix, and Brooklyn vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, in that order.
Atlanta at New York at 5 p.m. and Dallas at Utah at 3.30 a.m. UK time is the other games on the Christmas schedule. Sky Sports has confirmed that all of the games will be shown, but this is subject to change.
In a memo given to the teams involved and obtained by The Associated Press, the league referred to the idea of altering game timings as a contingency plan, which may occur if a game is postponed. Decisions on whether or not to adjust timings could be made as late as Friday.
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