The state of 2020 has not only stopped sports as a whole and has different leagues thinking of ways of trying to figure out there next steps going forward.
The NBA is hoping to salvage the remainder of its 2019-20 season despite the coronavirus pandemic, but with so many cities impacted by the virus, it remains hard to even fathom continuing play on the court.
Having fans in the arena is one thing, but several players have already contracted COVID_19, with Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and Christian wood since recovering from it.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst stated that the league may have to consider picking two different cities in which to hold games, practices and all other activities related to the season.
“Various ideas have been floated by players and executives. One is to consider using a sprawling casino property in Las Vegas, where everything could be held under one roof. Others have suggested playing in the Bahamas, where a ballroom could be converted into a playing court specifically for broadcast. There has even been talk of taking over a college campus in the Midwest, where reported cases of COVID-19 are lower for the moment.”
Basketball leagues in Korea and Japan both attempted to restart their games, but it ultimately failed and they had to stop again. CBA stars Lance Stephenson and Jeremy Lin returned to China and began 14-day self-quarantines to get cleared for training camp.
If the league does decide to go ahead with the 2019-2020 season, it will be under circumstances the league has never seen before.