The NBA is gearing up to resume its season in an Orlando bubble in July, but Florida's recent COVID-19 spike has people wondering if the plan is actually feasible.
Commissioner Adam Silver told Time on Tuesday that while it's "never full steam ahead no matter what" when it comes to the coronavirus, he's fairly confident the league will be able to start play again. Silver believes the NBA's plan was "designed" to handle unexpected coronavirus spikes, and the point of having all the teams congregate at one campus — in this case Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports — was to protect players, coaches, and other employees from community spread, even if they didn't quite expect "the kind of increases" several places, including Florida, are experiencing right now.
Adam Silver: "Our model was designed to protect us and our players from the cases in the outside community. Maybe at the time we designed it, we didn’t think it would be as necessary as it is now. But at least, we’re preparing for it." pic.twitter.com/WIn6SPH2j7
Something that's more likely to lead to a cancellation than the infection rate in Florida, he said, is an outbreak of cases within the NBA campus, although he added that he's confident mass, daily testing will help the league respond quickly in such a situation. Read more at Time. Tim O'Donnell
Silver: I’m absolutely convinced it will be safer on this campus than off this campus. Because there aren’t many other situations I’m aware of where there’s mass testing of asymptomatic employees. So in someways, this is maybe a model for how other industries can ultimately open. pic.twitter.com/xxVynndclw