But while the rest of America practices social distancing over the next few weeks, basketball fans have one question on their minds: Will the NBA season be returning anytime soon?
The chances of a quick return aren’t looking so well, according to CBS Sports:
“The NBA continues to consider all options for an eventual return to play following the current suspension of action due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The NBA discussed potential contingency plans with the league’s Board of Governors on a call on Tuesday, including playing only several more regular-season games and shortening early playoff series’ from best-of-seven to best-of-five, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA shifted from a best-of-five first-round series to a best-of-seven series in 2003.”
NBA commissioner, Adam Silver originally stated that the NBA hiatus would last 30 days, but teams around the league have been reportedly preparing for the possibility of returning to play in mid to late June at the earliest or even August, according to Wojnarowski.
“Everything is on the table and there is a great deal of uncertainty about what lies ahead,” said Wojnarowski during an ESPN on-air interview.
Basketball fans have their own opinions on what they think should happen when it comes to playing the game in front of an audience. “The NBA can’t play without a crowd, that takes away from the whole point of the game,” said Davon Meyers, 18, of Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. “That’s like asking rappers will they perform at a concert with no fans. It’s not gonna happen.”
Robert Harvey, 18, also a student at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, has mixed feelings about playing in front of a crowd. “For people’s safety, I think it’s a good idea, but for the players, fans are a really important aspect of the game. The feeling of people cheering you on in your own home court arena can give you extra motivation to play your hardest.”
COVID-19 has really put the world on pause in an attempt to decrease the spread. Until all is right with the world, I suggest you get your sports fix on by hitting up YouTube to catch old games or highlights of your favorite players.
Before you go, ask yourself would you watch an NBA game being played with no fans? How would you guys feel if the rest of the season is suspended? Send me a message and let me know.
By Amaris Edwards, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep