No decision on resuming play before
May, says NBA Commissioner Silver
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[April 07, 2020]
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - NBA Commissioner Adam
Silver said on Monday there will be no decision on ending the
league's coronavirus shutdown until May at the earliest.
Silver, speaking on the NBA's Twitter account as part of the
league's new NBATogether initiative, said, "in a perfect world" the
league would finish the regular season in some form and move onto
the playoffs but that it was too early to make projections.
The NBA was the first major North American professional league to
shut down over the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected 1.27
million people globally and left over 70,000 dead, according to a
"Essentially, what I've told my folks over the last week is that we
just should just accept that, at least for the month of April, we
won't be in a position to make any decisions," Silver said.
"And I don't think that necessarily means on May 1 we will be."
In mid-March, with five weeks remaining in the 82-game schedule, the
NBA suspended its season until further notice after a player tested
positive for the new coronavirus.
Since then a number of other NBA players have tested positive,
including former league Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant of the
The playoffs were originally scheduled to begin on April 18 and
conclude in June and while Silver said the league had been working
towards a variety of scenarios to restart the season there were just
so many unknowns at this point.
"When we initially shut down we were calling it a hiatus or a pause,
there was a notion of 30 days because there wasn't any of the
widespread view at that point that our country would in essence be
entirely shut down over the next several weeks," said Silver.
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver during a pre match press conference
"The fact is now sitting here today I know less, in a way, than I
Silver said the league was in "listening mode" and discussed with
players and teams scenarios for restarting the season, including
playing at practice facilities with no fans or moving games to a
But he added that in recent weeks the NBA had gone from discussing
scenarios regarding possible start-up dates to a more dialled-back
approach while waiting to see what happens with the fight against
"Initially, for the first week, two weeks, we were looking at more
specific scenarios," Silver said. "If we start this date, what would
it mean for the regular season? When would the playoffs begin? When
would they conclude?
"And, again, what I've learned over the last few weeks is that we
just have too little information to make those sort of projections."
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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