The NBA regular season is postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
But ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski detailed the NBA’s potential return date on Tuesday evening. The NBA’s Board of Governors had contact with the ex-U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Tuesday to discuss the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
While there still may be a few months until sports – and life in general – return to normalcy, owners left the conversation with Murthy hopeful of “re-starting season/playoffs before July.”
The early belief was that the NBA could return by mid-June. But as the disease outbreak has worsened in the U.S., the NBA is having to push back the potential return date. Of course, things could and are still bound to change over the coming weeks.
Wojnarowski has the latest:
Sources: The ex-US surgeon general Vivek Murthy delivered NBA Board of Governors call a message consistent with other credible health organizations on grim potential impact of coronavirus pandemic in U.S., but left owners with hope of re-starting season/playoffs before July.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2020
There’s plenty of logistical dilemmas Adam Silver and the NBA will face with the league expected to return in the summer. But the main priority is the health of players, fans and team staffs.
Four more NBA players tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday – all four play for the Nets. Kevin Durant is the latest superstar to be diagnosed with the contagious disease.
As players practice self quarantine, the hope is that the NBA season can return sooner than expected.