Adam Silver held a conference call with reporters on Friday. Not because he had anything to announce. But because with the NBA Board of Governors (virtually) meeting this week, tradition dictated he should.
Silver’s update on the status of the NBA season?
“We are not in a position to make any decisions,” Silver said. “And it’s unclear when we will be.”
What about the isolation options, quarantining players in one location, like Las Vegas?
“In terms of bubble-like concepts, many of them have been proposed to us, and we’ve only listened,” Silver said. “We’re not seriously engaged yet in that type of environment.”
Is Silver optimistic the season can be re-started? Pessimistic?
“I don’t mean to send any signals about the likelihood or not of restarting the season,” Silver said. “All I can say is we’re still at a point where we don’t have enough information to make a decision … I know it’s frustrating – it is for me and for everyone involved in the NBA – but I’m not in a position to answer the question … there’s still enormous uncertainty around the virus.”
So my very non-expert opinion on this is that you have some politicians that say we should not re-open the country anytime soon, that we need to continue to practice social distancing since it't working, and then you also have some politicians that are gunning to re-open their cities and states very soon. I think you also have a dichotomy with America's professional sports leagues and their commissioners.
I see a commissioner like Roger Goodell being less inclined to worry about the perception of NFL players getting preferential treatment with tests than he would have concern over the lost revenue the league would endure if it postponed it's league. On the other end up the spectrum, you have the more "woke" Adam Silver who I see preferring to err on the side of caution, over prioritizing revenue. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's just my perception.
I still think the NBA will finish the season one way or another, even if it's simply a quick playoffs in late July or August. Right now even the commissioner doesn't know what the future hold for the completion of the season, so we're all just throwing out opinions in the mean time.