By all accounts, the NBA’s Orlando bubble was a rousing success. The league did not postpone any games as a result of coronavirus, and saw no positive tests once players successfully integrated into the bubble.
While the NBA’s plan worked swimmingly — especially compared to MLB — Adam Silver wasn’t a big fan of the Orlando bubble at first. Silver admitted Wednesday that he actually “resisted” holding the rest of the NBA season in a bubble.
Silver made those comments at a presser before Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. Silver called the 2020 NBA season, “The longest season in NBA history.”
Adam Silver reflects positively on bubble experience
Though he was initially hesitant, Silver eventually came around on the bubble idea. He spent Wednesday reflecting on everything it took to pull off. Silver specifically praised the 6,500 Disney employees who helped make sure the NBA could successfully continue its season.
While Silver said no players tested positive for coronavirus during the bubble, he admitted an undisclosed number of Disney employees who worked in and out of the bubble tested positive.
Silver also shouted out three NBA players for their contributions in making the bubble work.
Those players were Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell.
Adam Silver says plans for 2020-21 NBA season have been discussed
Silver also revealed the NBA has discussed plans for the 2020-21 NBA season. While nothing is finalized yet, Silver said the earliest the season could start is on Dec. 25. He added it was more likely the 2020-21 season would begin in January.
Silver said the NBA is exploring rapid coronavirus testing, and that could lead to fans attending games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
While the league has not finalized plans for next season yet, it’s a positive sign that the issue is being discussed. If the NBA Finals extends to seven games, the current season wouldn’t end until Oct. 13.
At that point, the league would have roughly a month or so before teams would have to get together for training camp and preseason games.
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