Adam Silver told players on Friday that the league could wait until June to make a final decision on resuming the season and even if it does, there will be significant changes.
Both locations would require some obvious restrictions to prevent the coronavirus spreading, but the idea is that there will be stuff for the players to do besides play and hang out at their hotel, according to Silver.
- If a player is tested positive for coronavirus after the possible resumption of the season, the league isn't planning to suspend play or a team but hopes to be able to just remove the player and the player. As coronavirus testing has become more available, the potential for an National Basketball Association return is growing with each day. "We think it would be safer to be in a single location, or two locations, to start", he said in a recording of the call obtained by ESPN.
"We have been assured we are not taking any [antiviral or coronavirus] tests from health care workers, first responders or anyone, whether they are experiencing symptoms or asymptomatic", the spokesman said.
National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts also participated in the call, which was created to update players on the league's status among the pandemic-inducted shutdown.
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He said tough decisions will need to be made because teams on the postseason bubble might not get a chance to clinch a spot if the league's hiatus continues much longer.
- Silver was asked to remind teams that the opening of some facilities allows for voluntary workouts by players.
And the Charlotte Hornets said that, even though North Carolina is beginning to reopen, they have no plans to bring players back right away. "And we have to figure out a way to work, play and live in a world with the virus".