Adam Silver preps National Basketball Association players for challenges ahead
May 11 2020
USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt has the details of the discussion, which addressed potential single-site venues where teams could gather (Orlando or Las Vegas), and the NBA's proposed protocol for dealing with a positive COVID-19 test.
The emotional impact of the coronavirus pandemic appears to have hit National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver, who reportedly began crying during a conference call with players.
"This could turn out to be the single greatest challenge of all our lives", Silver warned, noting that 40% of the league's revenue comes from game night earnings.
As for the various scenarios about how the league would re-open, Silver suggested it's probably the safest scenario to limit host sites to just one or two in order to ensure safety of the players as much as possible.
Paul expressed concern on behalf of players that some organizations could be pressuring players to work out at team facilities, sources said. Silver also told players that the start of next season could be pushed until December, regardless of whether this season was completed or not.
Silver plans to return with a full-playoff run, but is considering play-in tournaments, which would give more teams a chance to compete who were robbed of a late-season playoff push. A strict quarantine with no one entering and exiting sounded like "incarceration", Roberts said, while a quarantine bubble that is more permeable with people having freedom to come and go would carry risks about whether it was worth it.
Chief among those questions relate to the financial losses the league will incur as a result of the pandemic - per Wojnarowski, Silver conveyed 40% of the league's annual revenue come from game nights, so losing fans for an indefinite period of time could be of massive outcome. There was a suggestion that some teams were forgetting these workouts were, in fact, voluntary.