NBA commissioner Adam Silver publicly addressed the League’s hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic Thursday night, saying it will last “at least 30 days.”
With two players having tested positive for COVID-19, Silver added that “of course it’s possible” the entire season could be over.
259 games remain unplayed on this season’s schedule.
Per The AP:
“What we determined today is that this hiatus will be, most likely, at least 30 days,” Silver said on TNT’s “Inside The NBA” while making his first public comments since the league suspended play Wednesday night after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19. A second Jazz player, Donovan Mitchell, said Thursday that he has also tested positive.
Silver said the league and the players association will have to continue determining “what makes sense here without compromising anyone’s safety and I think it’s frankly too early to tell,” Silver said.
Silver was also asked if the season may be over. “Of course it’s possible,” Silver said. “I just don’t know more at this point.”
Meanwhile, NBA great and longtime commentator Charles Barkley was not on the “Inside The NBA” broadcast and revealed that he is self-quarantining for 48 hours because he has not felt well since a recent trip to New York. Barkley said he has been tested for COVID-19 and has not yet received the results. “This thing is so scary,” Barkley said.