National Basketball Association exploring rapid coronavirus testing as first step toward possible return

Ross Houston
April 7, 2020

The NBA has been suspended for nearly a month since Utah big man Rudy Gobert tested positive before a March 11 game at Oklahoma City.

Silver admitted that "we haven't made any decisions", but in "a flawless world, yes, we would try to finish the regular season". "The fact is one sitting here today, I know less, in a way, than I did then". "Any decision on a date to restart the season is likely weeks away and will be made in consultation with public health experts and in line with governmental directives and guidance".

"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.

Even though the league is willing to stretch this season into September to crown a championship, it also has to take into consideration that it doesn't want negatively impact next season, Silver points out. "And I don't think that necessarily means on May 1 we will be".

Silver and WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert were among the sports commissioners who participated in Saturday's 45-minute conference call with President Donald Trump, who expressed his desire to see live sporting events again after tiring of classic golf telecasts over the past several weeks.

Silver said the league has looked at all possible options on the future and is in "listening mode" when it comes to potentially hosting National Basketball Association games in empty arenas or in certain cities across the United States.

"Factoring those things in, where will we be in May?"

On a personal note, Silver said his wife Maggie is expecting their second daughter in mid-May.

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