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Mavs owner Mark Cuban gives his estimated NBA season resume date

Mavs owner Mark Cuban gives his estimated NBA season resume date

On Wednesday, the 2019-20 NBA regular season will have been on hold for two weeks after multiple players tested positive for coronavirus. 

The league is in a holding pattern, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN last week it's "unclear" when the NBA season will resume.

This week, though, at least one NBA owner sounded slightly optimistic about the potential of a pre-summer return.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an interview with Dallas news station WFAA that he sees June 1 as a target date - and he's taking the under:

I mean, you know no one has perfect information right now, and so all decisions are tough. But, you know, if I had to guess based off the people I've talked to at the CDC and other places -- I would say that the over/under would be June 1, and I'm taking the under.

Silver said over the weekend that the league is "analyzing multiple scenarios on a daily if not hourly basis" while the season is suspended.

At one point, before players tested positive for coronavirus and the league suspended the season, the Warriors were prepared to play games in empty arenas. As recently as Monday, the WWE was broadcasting live wrestling matches from an empty facility, and Cuban mentioned to WFAA that playing without fans might be necessary when the league first resumes:

Hopefully by the middle of May, we're starting to get back to normal and the NBA is playing games. Maybe not with fans, but we're playing it because sports plays such an important role. You know, people want something to cheer for, people want something to rally around, people want something to be excited about.

If everything went smoothly according to Cuban's timeline, it's still unclear whether the league would play the remaining regular-season games, or would instead immediately begin the postseason. 

And the league shouldn't even consider resuming until it's confident players and NBA employees can resume playing safely.

But if Cuban is right, a late-May NBA return would certainly be something for sports fans to look forward to.

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3 members of Sixers organization test positive for coronavirus

3 members of Sixers organization test positive for coronavirus

Updated: 7:52 p.m. 

Three members of the Sixers organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Thursday.

The team released the following statement: 

The Philadelphia 76ers, in consultation with medical experts and the NBA, received the recommendation that certain individuals from the organization, including players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff, be tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately.

Three individuals have received positive test results for COVID-19. All other tests results are currently negative. We have reported this information to state and local health authorities as required.

Pursuant to CDC guidelines, the individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.

The health of our players, staff, fans and community is paramount, and we continue to be guided by medical experts at this time.

We extend our gratitude and appreciation to the public health and medical communities for their tireless efforts during these challenging times, as well as to our fans and partners for their support.

A team official told NBC Sports Philadelphia last Thursday that players, coaches and select support staff had been advised to start a temporary self-quarantine.

NBA team facilities will reportedly be closed to players and stuff beginning Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, while players won’t be allowed to travel outside of North America.

In addition to the three members of the Sixers organization, the Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the Pistons' Christian Wood, Kevin Durant and three other Nets players, the Celtics' Marcus Smart, and a member of the Nuggets organization have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two Lakers players have also tested positive, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium

The 2019-20 regular season was suspended last Wednesday night minutes after the Sixers’ win over the Pistons at Wells Fargo Center. 

“We have great leadership in the NBA,” GM Elton Brand Brand said at the time. “It’s important that the fans, players, coaching staff, our staff here at the Sixers remain healthy. We’re doing everything we can. We believe in the leadership of the league.”



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NBA issues new restrictions because of coronavirus: reports

NBA issues new restrictions because of coronavirus: reports

Updated: 7:55 p.m. 

NBA team facilities will be closed to players and stuff beginning Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports players won’t be allowed to travel outside of North America, with the league preferring they stay in the cities in which they play

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday night that the league is considering a variety of options moving forward. He raised the idea of players participating in some sort of charity game separate from official play while the league is on hiatus. 

“We're gonna try by every means we can to play basketball again,” Silver said, “but I say that the safety and health of our players is first, and our fans, which is why I don't want to speculate more on that.

"That will be the condition upon which we can play: when public health officials give us the OK."

Three members of the Sixers organization tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Thursday. The Jazz's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the Pistons' Christian Wood, Kevin Durant and three other Nets players, the Celtics' Marcus Smart, and a member of the Nuggets organization have also tested positive. Charania reports that two Lakers players did, as well. 



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