July 31st. That is when the NBA intends to return to play after suspending the season on March 11.
22 of the 30 NBA teams will head to Orlando with a chance to finish a modified regular season and playoffs.
While it's nice to see that we are in a place where leagues can return to play, we must be reminded that we are still in the middle of a global pandemic.
With states beginning to reopen, and thousands of people taking to the streets to support the Black Lives Matter movement, there could be a second wave of COVID-19. This is something Talkin' Blazers host Channing Frye says we need to keep an eye on.
"The biggest tell will be how much does it spike over the next two weeks?" said Frye. "With all of these protests, even though people are wearing gloves and masks, how much does that protect you?"
States only recently reopened, and the protests have been going on for nearly two weeks, meaning it could still take some time to see if the two have a major impact on coronavirus numbers.
If there is indeed a second wave, Frye hopes the NBA will be ready to stay safe.
I think the NBA, obviously, will have rules of being safe, but I do feel like in the next week to 10 days it's gonna be a real tell what happens with the spike of COVID. - Channing Frye
Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.