According to several reports that came out yesterday, it sounds as if the NBA and its players are ready to resume their season if given the ok.
The Athletic reported that the NBA Board of Governors will meet in the next 2-4 to decide whether to return to action.
A lot of the players including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James said they are ready to get back to work, but the question is, should they?
Yesterday, the US Senate held hearings about the handling of the coronavirus and the theme that kept coming up again and again is, did the US open back up too soon?
The cases of the virus have gone up around the country and in cities like Los Angeles, the mayor announced his city would be closed until August which also could mean no sports being played within city limits.
What Will Happen If The NBA Opens Back Up Too Fast?
Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks the US may have opened back up too soon and warns that opening up too soon may cause more cases to rise, which is happening. He also warned opening up sports arenas especially, will just add to more spreading of the virus.
Fauci told Peter King of NBC sports what he thought about leagues like the NFL and NBA reopening.
“I think it’s feasible that negative-testing players could play to an empty stadium,” Fauci said in the interview. “Is it guaranteed? No way.”
Fauci painted a bleak scenario that if one player gets the virus, then others will probably get it, and then you’d have to close sports leagues again.
“It is likely that if four of them are positive and they’ve been hanging around together, that the other ones that are negative are really positive,” said Fauci. “Once you wind up having a situation where it looks like it’s spread within a team, you got a real problem.”
So although some players may be ready to get back to work, at this point until the numbers decrease within certain cities and populations, we may not see certain sports played for a while or see teams playing in front of empty stadiums and arenas across the country.
This may be the reality of this situation until scientists make a vaccine that passes clinical trials and is widely distributed.