Stricter guidelines, procedures, and safety precautions:
These will all most likely determine what could become the “new normal” for the general public and the NBA world.
As the NBA works to stay safe and yet still lay the groundwork of potentially resuming play, it seems unavoidable that the league and its players will need to be okay with a player testing positive for the virus.
In Tuesday’s Board of Governors call with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver there was the feeling of momentum heading toward a return to play the remainder of the 2019-20 season. There was also a conversation about how the NBA community will “need to get comfortable with some positive tests for the virus” and then not immediately shut down the season if there are positive cases, that’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It also sounds like the league is continuing to discuss at length the possibility of a single-site return to play.
Sources: In discussion with BOG/owners, Silver used the term "campus environment" when referencing what's been called a bubble. Call included significant detail on how other pro sports/leagues -- here and abroad -- are working toward their returns. https://t.co/eVIiZlVxeN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 13, 2020
But really, the NBA is going to need to take a page out of the UFC’s playbook.
This past weekend, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida.
But, prior to the event, he tested positive for the coronavirus, as did two of his coaches.
UFC immediately pulled Souza from the card.
Even with Souza off the card, the UFC still carried on with the event.
UFC 249 went on as scheduled, with no fans in the stands, and by all accounts was a huge success.
No other UFC athletes tested positive prior to UFC 249.
The UFC proved that events without fans can work just fine and it's more about the television broadcast these days.
No fans in attendance seems like the most certain of the NBA's ‘new normal’ at least for the foreseeable future.