Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been on the frontlines of response to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, both on the business side of things as well as the sports side. His latest take is an optimistic one.
When news came down that the season would be halted a few weeks ago, we caught Cuban’s reaction live. He has confirmed that cameras caught him getting news from the league live, while sitting courtside at the most recent Mavs game. He has since been very outspoken about the entire situation.
Cuban made some media appearances in Dallas today to discuss a potential return for the league. He thinks we could see a return for basketball in mid-May, without fans in the stands. While that seems far off, more pessimistic folks think the season may never get finished.
In a discussion with WFAA over Skype, Cuban says that he’d set the “over/under” for a return at June 1, and that he’d take the under. “Hopefully by the middle of May, we’re starting to get back to normal and the NBA is playing games,” Cuban said. “Maybe not with fans, but we’re playing it because sports plays such an important role.”
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Mark Cuban thinks that the league could play about 15-18 game before beginning the NBA Playoffs in late-June. That would be very welcome after this long break in the sports world.
He also praised Adam Silver’s aggressive handling of the situation, which set the tone for the rest of the sports world, and in many ways, the country as a whole.
“I’m proud of Adam Silver,” Cuban said. “I’m proud of the NBA and the way we’ve reacted. I think we’ve led the way, and hopefully will lead the way out of this.
He’s also optimistic about life as a whole starting to creep back toward normalcy, once the science catches up with the virus to the point that we can test for it and treat it without it continuing to totally disrupt everyday life.
“Really, one thing we’ve got to get to a point where our scientists have come up with, not a cure, but a therapy that we know minimizes the impact of the virus,” Cuban said, “so that if we get this into a person quickly enough that they are not going to die and be hopefully they won’t be scarred or damaged for life.
“Once we do that, then we have a path out. And I think we’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer and closer closer. Once we have a medical light at the end of the tunnel, where we know what the worst case is, then we can start venturing outside and being in groups of 10 and instead of being by ourselves right and then groups of 25 and then 50 and go from there. So I think that that’s the first step. And I think that’s gonna happen a little bit faster than we originally expected.”
This, of course, doesn’t mean it is time to start taking the situation lightly. The more aggressive that everyone is in changing their routines, distancing, and keeping others out of harm’s way, the faster things will return to normal.