We still have a long ways to go, but there seems to be some optimism among NBA officials that the league will resume the 2019-20 season.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Board of Governors are, “feeling positive about momentum toward an NBA return to play this season.”
ESPN Sources: Attendees left Board of Governors call w/ Adam Silver today feeling positive about momentum toward an NBA return to play this season. Discussion included how league/players will need to get comfortable w/ some positive tests for virus not shutting down a resumption— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 13, 2020
This comes just two days after sources told NBC Sports that some Sacramento Kings players returned to the practice facility when it opened on Monday as states begin easing restrictions due to the pandemic.
The NBAPA reportedly began polling its members today on whether or not they want to continue the season, and that during a recent conference call involving the union, commissioner Adam Silver said that no decision has to be made this month.
Woj is reporting that one of the key points Silver highlighted to executives is making sure team officials and players are comfortable with continuing even if someone ends up testing positive for the coronavirus.
Sacramento still has more than 1,100 active coronavirus cases as it moves to begin the early stages of reopening. Other states from around the country are moving at a faster rate, so it remans to be seen if cases in those places begin to jump in the coming weeks.
We still don’t know how the league would proceed with playing out the final stretch of the regular season, but it seems to be almost a certainty that fans will not be allowed in arenas anytime soon.
With the Kings just 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, hopefully the league will find a way to allow them to have a chance to get in. If not, I would be all for a play-in tournament involving the five teams who are within four games of each other to get the final postseason berth.
The league is looking at Las Vegas and Orlando as potential locations to continue play, but with the situation being so fluid, I don’t anticipate having any concrete ideas until June.
Onto some links:
Former Kings star Chris Webber should be in the Hall of Fame. The Athletic’s Jason Jones makes the case for the five-time All-Star to be enshrined sooner than later.
Sacramento has had its fair share of draft busts since relocating from Kansas City. NBC Sports’ James Ham goes over the 10 biggest misses since 1985.
The Kings are offering refund options for any unplayed games. Fox40 has the details on how fans can be reimbursed if the remaining 2019-20 home games are cancelled.