NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined the NBA players on a Player’s Association conference call on Friday and in no uncertain terms laid out the immediate future of the league as he knows it. Read MoreNo sugar coating here as Silver lays out the NBA future as he knows it — Toronto Sun
OK. We’re all itching to get sports back to some capacity after nearly two months without it due to the COVID-19 outbreak. One NBA coach, however, is worried about a hasty return. As of Friday, the league is allowing teams to reopen their practice facilities while testing players and staff (asymptomatic or not) for the…Doc Rivers Is Concerned About Hasty Return To NBA Action Amid COVID-19 Outbreak — NESN.com
As of Friday, the league is allowing teams to reopen their practice facilities while testing players and staff (asymptomatic or not) for the coronavirus beforehand. At least three teams — the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers — have reopened their facilities, while a handful of others — including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Orlando Magic — are gearing up for their own reopening. But Clippers head coach Doc Rivers just hopes things don’t move too hastily. “I’m worried, because you should be,” Rivers said on the latest edition of the “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast, as transcribed by The Athletic. “I’m not smart enough to know what this virus is or does. We do know it affects most people when they’re in a group setting, and it doesn’t affect you at all when you’re by yourself. You know? We already know that. Listen, I’m not young (58), but I guess I’m young enough … I don’t know. Would I say I do it without fear? Of course not. You’ve got to have some fear in all this … until (there’s a vaccine), no one can tell me they’re going to do anything and feel comfortable doing it. I just don’t know how we get there.” RIvers certainly isn’t alone with his concerns. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has been a vocal leader for the NBA during the pandemic, has been cautious about when to reopen Dallas’ facilities. He even went as far as saying, “the risk isn’t worth the reward.” Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum also is concerned about the speed at which the NBA resumes. Though he appreciates workouts are optional, the 28-year-old guard says he sometimes wonders, “Is it worth it?” Well, we’ll soon find out.
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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next…MLB draft cut from 40 rounds to 5 in money-saving move for teams — Daily News
Things are happening in the NBA, sort of. We’re still at the mercy of the COVID-19 pandemic for the return of actual games, but Friday the league allowed its teams to open facilities in markets where local quarantine regulations have loosened. Additionally, in Friday evening a conference call with the NBA’s player association, Adam Silver…Here’s How Adam Silver’s Call With NBPA Reportedly Went — NESN.com
Additionally, in Friday evening a conference call with the NBA’s player association, Adam Silver covered a lot of ground as to what the league is envisioning for a plan to return. NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic were all over the commissioner’s updates, updating followers with a storm of tweets. Here’s what they both reported throughout the evening. Despite the financial challenges it causes, don’t expect fans. We probably already knew this was the case, but since fans account for 40% of the league’s revenue, the NBA will be looking to find creative ways to deliver its product to fans. The NBA is taking a massive hit this season no matter which way they spin it, but seeing how motivated the owners are to lead the way in restarting the world economy through sports in encouraging. Though, Silver telling players to prepare for the possibility of playing without spectators through next season is sobering.