What a whirlwind this week has been.
Last Wednesday, the NBA took action and suspended the 2019-20 season.
Since then, the other professional sports leagues, as well as the entire country, have followed suit in trying to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver works from home, just like many Americans hoping to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, he an interview to ESPN.
Silver mentioned how it was crazy to think about how things have changed within just a week, and how many people are not only trying to stay safe and healthy, but many are also trying to keep their spirits up.
“I recognize that when we went off the air last Wednesday night, it was a larger decision than just the NBA,” Silver told Nichols. “I think it got a lot of people’s attention. I think for those people and maybe young people in particular, who are a large part of our audience, who frankly weren’t taking all that seriously -- the recommendations in terms of what the appropriate protocols are -- they’re like, ‘wow the NBA is off, something is going on here.’ But since then, I’d say we’ve been working through these issues in the same way you all are and other Americans are.”
Both NBA fans and non-NBA fans have shared their thoughts on how it doesn't seem fair that the NBA is testing teams for the virus, while America is still very limited with COVID-19 tests.
The Nets and Thunder have used private labs for their coronavirus testing, but this issue has been a focal point on social media.
“We’ve been following the recommendations of public health officials,” Silver said.
He also pointed back to the league's very first incident when Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive before the Jazz and Thunder game in Oklahoma City last Wednesday.
The Utah Jazz did not ask to be tested. The Oklahoma City Health Officials there on the spot not only required that they be tested, but they weren’t allowed to leave their locker room, which was at least four hours after the game -- where they had to stay, masks on, in the locker room, they couldn’t leave until the health authorities had tested them – that was our first case. -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on following the health officials' recommendations on why so many NBA teams have been tested
Now a total of eight teams have been tested while Silver added that a handful of individual players have been tested who were showing COVID-19 symptoms.
“I understand there are many sides to these issues, but I also think that by virtue of an NBA player being tested and the kind of attention it brings, my sense was especially among young people in the United States, people were not taking these protocols all that seriously until the NBA did what he did.”
Now Silver is wading through all the different scenarios along with league owners when deciding on what to do next:
Will the NBA season start up again? Or will it be canceled? Silver said he wouldn't begin to try to predict the future, but it sure seems like the NBA could lead the future during this outbreak.
One thing is certain: Silver and the NBA are strictly following public health officials’ guidelines and recommendations when it comes to the decision of the 2019-20 season.
And if you ask former NBA player Kendrick Perkins, Silver is doing a dang good job navigating through this unthinkable and unfamiliar territory.
To all the NBA players, future NBA players and NBA fans should never panic knowing that we have Adam Silver as our LEADER!!! He’s the best in the business. – Kendrick Perkins posted on Twitter
To all the NBA players, future NBA players and NBA fans should never panic knowing that we have Adam Silver as our LEADER!!! He’s the best in the business.
To all the NBA players, future NBA players and NBA fans should never panic knowing that we have Adam Silver as our LEADER!!! He’s the best in the business.— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 18, 2020
The thought of the NBA returning could help some feel as though some normalcy is returning to their life, and the NBA is only going to return once both health and league officials feel it's safe to do so.
With that, along with the leadership of Silver, it’s not as if it's permissible to think the NBA once again could be out ahead of the game when it comes to returning to life as we knew it before COVID-19.