Adam Silver explains how the NBA suspension reshapes the league calendar

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There was plenty to talk about when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver joined ESPN's Rachel Nichols Wednesday evening as questions remain pertaining to when the season will start back up again.

But, there's also the long-term future of the league to think about.

This past week, with the NBA on hiatus, it has felt more like a full season without games.

One big question remains, though:

Could the COVID-19 pandemic reshape the NBA season as we know it today?

"Possibly," Silver told Nichols. "Those are things we are always talking about whether they're executives at ESPN or in the media-- together with our regional sports networks. I mean, I will say, the conventional television calendar has changed so much since-- certainly since I got into this business. Primetime means something very different than it used to now that people in essence carry televisions around with them in their pockets. The summer is viewed differently than it was historically from a television standpoint."

So, with this idea of shifting the season to start in December and run through the summer has already been on the table for the league…

Right now might just be the perfect opportunity to make the change.

"Regardless of whether we had been going through all of this, it's something the league office, together with our teams, has been spending a lot of time," Silver added. "And, we have a lot of our team owners who are technologist, media mavens by background, and so it's something that the committees of owners and league officials have been working on a lot, especially over the last year or so."

Thus, people shouldn't be surprised if the NBA is ready to start the 2019-20 season back up again in mid-June and that would put the timeline on track for a Christmas Day 2020-21 start of the season.

Which is something it sounds like some NBA owners would be completely fine with right now.

But, if the league was to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season, there obviously wouldn't be an NBA Champion. So, what would happen to all the statistical leaders?

Would James Harden be in the record books has having won the scoring title with 2,096 points and 18 games still to be played.

Will the NBA still hand out awards for MVP and NBA rookie of the year? What will happen to the season awards?

Silver simply replied to those questions with: "I'm not there yet."

"We'll figure it out, but I hope I'm not just in denial, but I'm just not there yet." 

Adam Silver explains how the NBA suspension reshapes the league calendar originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest