If you're hoping the NBA season will resume when the calendar flips from March to April, we've got some bad news for you.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver made an appearance on TNT's "Inside the NBA" show Thursday and stated that he expects the hiatus to last into mid-April.
"In the two full board [of governors] meetings I had yesterday and today, no one team raised [the issue] of money, but the entire discussion was about the safety and health of the players, the community around the NBA and our fans," SIlver said. "And so of course, the issue becomes now, what we determined today is that this hiatus will be, most likely, at least 30 days, and we don't know enough, as you've all said, to be more specific, but we wanted to give direction to our players, teams and fans that this is going to be at least, roughly a month."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discusses the timetable for the league’s suspension. pic.twitter.com/tterVvR29r— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 13, 2020
Silver was then asked if there's a chance the rest of the season is outright canceled.
"Of course it's possible," Silver said. "I just don't know more at this point. There's another factor that may go to the seasonality of this virus. Talk to a lot of experts and some have a theory, just as a common flu, as the weather changes, we may see it peter out a little bit. Again, we don't know. At this point, we are just waiting."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver comments on the possibility of the season ending. pic.twitter.com/VvVM53yCjZ— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 13, 2020
Silver and the NBA were the first professional league to suspend its season, doing so Wednesday after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.
In the aftermath of the NBA suspending its season, the NHL paused its season and MLB will delay the start of its 2020 regular season. The MLS also suspended its season and the NCAA canceled the men's and women's basketball tournaments.
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The NBA season was set to conclude on April 15 with the playoffs set to begin on April 18. But now that schedule has been thrown out the window.