While an official NBA restart is on the horizon, commissioner Adam Silver refuses to ignore the possible dangers of resuming the season -- even if that means ending the operation in its entirety.
Silver joined TIME 100 Talks to discuss the NBA's planned restart and if there was any chance things don't go as planned.
"Never full steam ahead no matter what," Silver said. "One thing we are learning about this virus is much [is] unpredictable, and we and our players together with their union look at the data on a daily basis. If there were something to change that was outside of the scope of what we are playing for, certainly we would revisit our plans.
"We are testing daily. We haven't put a precise number on it but if we were to see a large number of cases and see spread in our community, that would of course be a cause to stop as well."
Silver has sustained the stance that if there is a significant spread of coronavirus play in Orlando may be stopped, so this news really comes as no surprise.
13 players have already opted out of the NBA restart due to positive coronavirus tests, pre-existing injuries, preferred family time, or other reasons. The Denver Nuggets also closed down their practice facilities Saturday after multiple personnel tested positive for coronavirus.
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Commissioner Adam Silver details what could shut down the NBA's restart originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington