Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is optimistic the NBA’s current hiatus will be over “by the middle of May.”
Cuban says games could initially be played without fans.
Cuban adds that he is “proud” of commissioner Adam Silver‘s handling of the League’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic.
“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. You know, people want something to cheer for, people want something to rally around, people want something to be excited about.
“I’m proud of Adam Silver. 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. I mean you know no one has perfect information right now, and so all decisions are tough. But, you know, if I had to guess based off the people I’ve talked to at the CDC and other places — I would say that the over under would be June 1, and I’m taking the under.”
If Cuban’s prediction were to come to fruition, the NBA could play the roughly 15 to 18 games that teams have remaining from mid-May to mid-June, and start the playoffs in late June.
“I mean, sports is what we need right now and… I think the NBA is ready to play that role,” Cuban said.