The Resumption of NBA Season 2019-20 Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

 

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) season 2019-20 was shut down on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus disease. On the 26th of July, a total of 16 NBA players have tested positive as announced by the league and players association. The tests were conducted for the preparations on the big NBA return.

 

Paused NBA season restarted on July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort. The season which was halted because of the global crisis resumed with 22 teams and played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Arena, HP Field House, and Athletic Center.

 

Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the United States, the association plans to finish the halted season no later than October 13. NBA current commissioner, Adam Silver, received praises over his great response with COVID-19 pandemic. The association announced recently that they have zero players test positive over the past week. Gregg Popovich, one of the greatest head coaches of all time, praised the leadership of Commissioner Silver.

 

“THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT THE NBA, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ADAM SILVER, HAS DONE A MAGNIFICENT JOB OF BEING VISIONARIES IN THE SENSE OF LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MAY APPEAR,” Popovich said.

 

The documents for a comprehensive battle plan is consist of 113 pages where everything is detailed. Players are required to participate in frequent testings and in a ‘bubble’ quarantine setting at Orlando, Florida. All the constituents are under strict social distancing rules. If a person tests positive, the NBA season will not shut down according to what the documents are stating. Anyone who will violate the protocols could be warned, fined, suspended, or banished from the campus.

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