NBA League not ruling out changes
In these COVID-19 times, life outside the Orlando bubble is becoming ever more complicated for the NBA and although the league has no plans to stop, some changes may be necessary.
This season, four games have been postponed and there are currently 30 players on 13 teams infected or isolating, while there will soon be meetings involving the league, players’ union and team GMs to discuss the health and safety protocols.
With a 72-game regular season and teams playing four times per week, one or two cancellations could soon have a domino effect on the practicalities of fulfilling the fixture list.
Likewise, one or two positive cases can have a domino effect and rule out many more players. The Washington Wizards, for example, have seen an opposition player test positive the day after playing them for four consecutive matches.
The NBA have ruled out stopping play entirely and are hopeful this current difficult patch will improve soon.
“There are no plans to stop the season and we will continue to be guided by our medical experts and the health and safety protocols,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass told ESPN.
“We are optimistic about the improvement we’ll have in February after experiencing the worst days of January,” said league commissioner Adam Silver.
The NBA did take some precautions for this current eventuality, with the schedule so far only being announced up until the All-Star break on March 5.
This week has seen the USA register its worst daily death total since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 4000 deaths in one day and more than 280,000 new cases.