After the NBA decided to suspend the league's operation on Wednesday evening after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, many wondered how long such would be the case.
A day later, NBA commissioner Adam Silver answered that question. Silver told TNT's Inside the NBA crew that the league would be on halt for at least the next month.
"What we determined today is that this hiatus will be most likely at least 30 days," Silver said. "We wanted to give direction to our players, teams and fans that this is going to be roughly at least 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 said that the league will consider protocols both with and without fans in the future, too.
"We also recognize that because of how high-profile our players are, others in the public will take their lead from us," Silver said.
The commissioner was asked whether there's a chance the season does not resume play at all. Silver remained transparent and honest with his reply.
"Of course it's possible," Silver said. "I just don't know more at this point."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver comments on the possibility of the season ending. pic.twitter.com/VvVM53yCjZ— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 13, 2020
The current situation surrounding the coronavirus is fluid; much has changed in just the last 24 hours. While Silver says there's no guarantee the season will resume, he is holding out hope at some point basketball can be played again.
"Even if we’re out for a month, even if we’re out for six weeks, we can still restart the season,” Silver said. "It might mean that the Finals take place in July or late July...It was way premature to suggest that we lost the season."
Hours after his TNT interview, Silver released a letter to NBA fans. The commissioner stated that fans that purchased tickets for a postponed game will be honored if the game is rescheduled. Additionally, fans will be credited for a future game, should the original game not be played or played in an empty arena.
You can read his full statement below:
A Letter to NBA Fans pic.twitter.com/hPX6xhmy9d— NBA (@NBA) March 13, 2020
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