Covid-19: NBA doesn’t plan to disrupt season, says commissioner

Covid-19: NBA doesn't plan to disrupt season, says commissioner

League commissioner Adam Silver said that the NBA (National Basketball League of the United States of America) has no plans to interrupt its season, despite the rise in cases of the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

Seven games have been postponed since last week, with a report on the league’s website saying that at least 84 players from 20 teams have entered into health and safety protocols as of last Tuesday (21).

The American press has reported that the 10 NBA teams playing on Christmas Day have been told that their game schedule may change due to Kovid-19 and decisions can be made by next Friday (24).

Silver told ESPN in an interview that the league “has no plans at the moment” to halt the season.

“Obviously, we’ve looked at all the options, but clearly we’re having trouble figuring out what’s the rationale behind taking a break now,” he said.

“These cases are literally destroying the country as we see them” […] I think we are getting where we knew we were going to be in recent months, and this virus will not end, and we have to learn to live with it”, the director said.

Silver’s remarks came a day after the NHL (US National Hockey League) and the players’ union postponed games and brought forward the holiday due to COVID-19 team events.

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