I think we all know it’s going to be quite a while before we get the NBA back, but none of us truly know how long “a while” will be.
When the NBA announced it would suspend its season last night, all we knew at the time was that it would be indefinite. And while that hasn’t officially changed yet, it appears we could have a better idea of just how long the NBA plans to wait before even considering a return.
The NBA has told its teams that the league will be suspended for 30 days, minimum.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) March 12, 2020
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that teams are “encouraging” the league to at least cancel action over the next 30 days, before re-evaluating.
NBA owners are encouraging of commissioner Adam Silver to re-evaluate the league's suspension in 30 days, sources tell ESPN. League is expected to make a formal announcement on an initial timetable soon.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
To be clear, Wojnarowski does say Adam Silver would “re-evaluate” the situation after that time, which doesn’t mean should we expect the league to return in exactly a month. At the end of the day, the best time to return to action isn’t really up to the NBA. While they’ll ultimately make the decision, the surrounding circumstances with COVID-19 across the globe will pretty much dictate when it’s appropriate to continue playing.
And no matter the circumstances, it sounds like a month of missed time should be the expectation.
Also, just to avoid setting yourself up for disappointment, I’d recommend mentally preparing for a greater absence. Yahoo Sports Vincent Goodwill announced that some NBA owners suggested testing all players over the next several weeks. If the league finds any more positive cases, I’d have to imagine that could stretch out the timeline.
Source to @YahooSports: NBA Owner call just ended. 30 day shutdown then everything will be re-assessed. Some suggested every player will be tested for COVID-19 in the meantime
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) March 12, 2020
The month of March without any basketball will feel incredibly odd, but as April hits, I expect things to feel even more bizarre. With the NBA playoffs normally a key narrative this time of year, there will certainly be a weird hollow feeling over the next month.
Anyway, the next step is to wait and see if we get a more official announcement from the NBA. Then, we’ll have to see if the league is turning toward resuming play of the 2019-20 season in any capacity whatsoever. I know it isn’t the worst news to hear the Chicago Bulls season could be cut short, but there were still some incredibly interesting storylines to follow as the season wrapped up. Not to mention, this will likely limit our knowledge of what the Reinsdrofs are doing behind-the-scenes to fix this organization … but I suppose that’s a topic for another day.
I’ll miss you, basketball.