By Elio Velez
March 18, 2020
National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts expressed optimism the league will return to play, but also admitted more players eventually could test positive for the coronavirus.
Roberts revealed her thoughts to USA Today on Tuesday and said she is trying to keep the players informed of what will happen in the weeks and upcoming month about the pandemic.
Seven NBA players, including Brooklyn superstar Kevin Durant and three other unnamed Nets have tested positive for the virus.
The 64-year old Roberts said she is certain more players will test positive after some notable names already have.
“I was mortified any of our players would test positive. But the more I learned about the likelihood of fatalities among all of us given our ages and pre-existing conditions, I have learned to embrace the probability that many of our players will be positive for the virus,” Roberts said.
“They want to understand exactly what the health risks are. So whatever information we can impart, we do. We are (as) vigilant as we can and try to update them.”