NBA Could Reportedly Return Mid-June, But Without Fans

Boston Celtics' guard Marcus Smart. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock (9306395x)

Basketball won’t be returning anytime soon. According to reports around the league, the most probable timeframe for the resume of NBA, which was suspended last week due to coronavirus pandemic, is mid-June.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that there is a growing understanding among the teams around the league that the NBA activities won’t be resumed in full at least for the next three months. This would be the “best-case scenario,” but even then, the fans wouldn’t be able to attend the games. 

It’s important to note that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handed out a recommendation that the events or gatherings with more than 50 people should not be organized in the next eight weeks.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the NBA initially went with a plan to continue the competition but without an audience. However, the league changed its mind after Utah Jazz’s center Rudy Gobert tested positive on the virus. In the following days, Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood were also found positive. 

NBA’s lead was followed by all the major sports in North America, with most competitions being suspended. NHL and MLS suspended their respective seasons, while MLB canceled its spring trainings.