The NBA will not be in position to make any kind of decision as to whether or not to resume its currently halted season “at least” until next month, according to commissioner Adam Silver.
The coronavirus global pandemic led to the NBA being the first U.S. pro league to shut down.
“We’re in listening mode right now,” Silver said.
Per The AP:
“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. “And I don’t think that necessarily means on May 1 we will be.”
The league’s regular season was to end April 15, and the playoffs were to begin April 18.
“We miss it badly,” Silver said. “To all the families watching this, I know the NBA is a big part of their lives. We just want to assure everybody that while we’re putting the health and safety of everyone first, we’re looking at every possibility to get our players back on the floor and to play NBA basketball again.”
Silver also discussed Saturday’s 45-minute conference call that he and other major U.S. sports leaders had with President Donald Trump.
“It wasn’t just a pep talk, but I think it was a reminder of what the meaning is of sports to Americans, to our culture in particular,” Silver said. “What came back from all the leagues collectively was once we get the all-clear, however that’s determined, of course with public health officials and by our government … we’re going to be ready to go. But first and foremost is the health and safety of everyone involved.”