With the NBA season suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, is there optimism that the league will be able to resume after the 30-day hiatus imposed by commissioner Adam Silver?
Chris Mannix of SI.com, and a frequent analyst on Celtics Pregame Live and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Boston, told the "Felger and Mazz" show on Friday that after talking to his sources among NBA ownership, "If this virus doesn't trend into some sort of remission nationally, they're not going to come back."
Still, if the steps that are being taken now across the country are successful, perhaps the 30-day stoppage will be all that's needed, Mannix said.
"If things change, we could be back seeing basketball games May 1," he said.
Mannix also touched on the events in Oklahoma City that led to Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the virus, which prompted the shutdown of the league and the 58-member Jazz traveling party being tested almost immediately when tests across the country are scarce and unavailable to many.
It was the swift action of Oklahoma state authorities, concerned about the spread of the virus that hadn't hit that area yet, that led to the Jazz being tested so quickly, Mannix said. Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell was the only other member of the traveling party to test positive.
As for the Celtics, who hosted Gobert and the Jazz last Friday, Mannix said, "I know they were told to stay home for the next few days, the NBA frankly mandated all that across the league. There's not a serious concern with what's going on with the Celtics or their staff members. They're going to wait and see if anyone shows any symptoms. The primary concern is with the Toronto Raptors [who played the Jazz March 9] and they have all been tested."