NBA commissioner Adam Silver gives an update on the status of the 2019-20 season and its possible resumption.
Even though there was a report that suggested there was growing optimism that the NBA, somehow and some way, was going to resume at some point over the summer, you couldn’t help but hear – or, for most of us, read – the pessimism that echoed from NBA commissioner Adam Silver during a conference call with media Friday.
Silver didn’t comment on any potential timeline, potential “bubble” location, or even give anything that could be mistaken as optimism that the season would continue other than stating there’s no deadline to get it back up and running.
A few of the most interesting tidbits and indications of what the decision-makers could be thinking was as follows:
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“Everything is on the table.”
Silver added: “We are not in a position to make any decisions and it’s unclear when we will be.”
These comments could be viewed in two ways. On one hand, you could see these words as optimism considering that Adam Silver isn’t even thinking or entertaining – yet – the idea of canceling the season.
On the other, it’s easy to view these comments as discouraging. Silver said a lot without actually saying anything other than it’s too early to decide either way and it’s unclear when we’ll know if the NBA will even be able to return this season.
This is not to shame the NBA either. Adam Silver and the league has made it clear it will only return when it’s possible based on the recommendations of its experts and doctors. Silver has made it clear that he’s not going to endanger his players of fans.
Unfortunately, that could lead to many more months without the NBA and may eventually spell the cancelation of the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
I think it’s important to point out that it appears Adam Silver and the NBA is going to do everything it can to resume the 2019-20 campaign. Hopefully, their efforts will be paid off in the not-so-distant future.