Adam Silver mulls National Basketball Association exhibition because fans ‘need a diversion’

Adam Silver mulls National Basketball Association exhibition because fans ‘need a diversion’

Adam Silver mulls National Basketball Association exhibition because fans ‘need a diversion’

About 59,000 tests for coronavirus had been conducted across the nation as of Wednesday afternoon. That said, nearly daily we find out about a new celebrity or athlete who had contracted the virus and the question begs, how are these rich and privileged people getting tests and auntie and 'em can't?

"I, of course, understand [de Blasio's] point in that it's unfortunate we're at this position as a society where it's triage when it comes to testing", Silver said. "If we had waited for players to exhibit symptoms, they might have continued to pose a risk to their family, friends and the public". In New York City, 1,339 people have tested positive. Teams are also encouraged to check in with their players daily electronically. Gobert's test was also the catalyst for the league shutting down operations March 11.

He added that play would begin again only "when public health officials give us the okay".

"How are nonsymptomatic professional athletes getting tests while others are waiting in line and can't get them?"

The NBA released a statement Tuesday that said players were more at risk of causing the virus to spread more quickly because of frequent travel, often by private plane and in private terminals, and due to their frequent interactions with the public. "Following two players testing positive last week, others were tested and five additional players tested positive". "Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick". "And so the fundamental issue is obviously there are insufficient tests". "Something I've always said is 99% of people consume our game through some sort of media platform. I hope I'm not just in denial, but I'm just not there yet".

Not every team has jumped at the chance for testing. The team was in the Bay Area for a now-postponed game against the Golden State Warriors on March 12.

"We're in the same boat as everybody", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on a conference call Tuesday.

"A third option that we are looking at now ... the impact on the national psyche of having no sports programming on television", he said. "And one of the things we've been talking about are, are there conditions in which a group of players could compete - maybe it's for a giant fundraiser or just the collective good of the people - where you take a subset of players and, is there a protocol where they can be tested and quarantined and isolated in some way, and they could compete against one another? So we just have to follow the advice of the medical experts and our local officials and leaders and do our best".

De Blasio criticized the Nets on Tuesday after the Nets announced the test results. Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons were also revealed to have tested positive last week for the coronavirus.

"I honestly don't have a sense of how long a period this is going to be", he said when asked about the league's hiatus. So a lost year or lost portion of a season in their careers is very different from other people, so we're gonna try by every means we can to play basketball again, but I say that the safety and health of our players is first, and our fans, which is why I don't want to speculate more on that.

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