Adam Silver: Everything Is On the Table For NBA Return

Ryan Phillips
Adam Silver at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game
Adam Silver at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference on Friday in which he declared that everything was on the table for the league and its return. He did say there was "no compromise" for the well being of the players. From the content of the call it sounds like the league is hoping to return but also preparing for the potential of canceling the rest of the season.

ESPN's Marc J. Spears had a summary of the call on his Twitter timeline, and the biggest takeaway is that there are a wide range of potential outcomes. Silver said every option is being considered, even some "bubble-like concepts." We assume that means something like the Las Vegas plan of having all the teams in one city and locked in hotels, etc. The league is apparently also considering pushing back the start to next season to accommodate the finish to the current season and give players an adequate break afterwards.

Silver also said there is "too much unknown" to consider returning. He was adamant that testing must be available on a large scale and new infections had to decrease before the NBA began to consider a return to play. Unfortunately, we're nowhere near that point.

While there is a silver lining that the league is still willing to come back if it's possible, the fact is we're nowhere near that happening. Silver is right, bringing the league back without widespread testing available would be foolish and reckless. But, the league does feel an "obligation" to restart the season when it's safe:

While Silver's call was informative, we're basically exactly where we thought we were. The NBA is not close to returning and won't do so until it can guarantee the safety of its players.

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