The NBA shut down very quickly once it was discovered Jazz center Rudy Gobert had contracted coronavirus in March. So, what would the league do in the event it reopens and another player tests positive?
That is a major question NBA commissioner Adam Silver seems to be grappling with, according to a report from ESPN on a phone call Silver had with the league's Board of Governors. It sounds like the league as a whole would have to come to terms with the idea of continuing games if another player got it.
"Silver told those on the call that if a positive test would "shut us down, we probably shouldn't go down this path,'" ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski wrote.
That brings forth one of the major hurdles in resuming the season during these unusual and unprecedented times. It's a significant unknown the league and players union will have to deal with.
And until they come to an agreement on this particular subject, it's difficult to gauge how optimistic fans should be. There are a lot of sides involved and factors at play.
There is also the question of how many positive tests is too many in this scenario. If one player has it, there will be the possibility they spread it to others.
None of this will be easy for Silver to figure out.
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