Will NBA return be stopped by Florida’s rising coronavirus cases?
The NBA is set to return to action on July 30th with 22 teams seeking one of the 16 playoff spots at stake.
The entire league worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to come up with a restart plan that took into consideration every factor, including the present coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
But while it looks like all systems go for the league, the state of Florida has been a COVID-19 hotspot over the last week.
Just recently, Florida tallied over 9,000 cases in one day, breaking a single day record.
Overall, as of this writing, the Sunshine State has over 141,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths.
Reports even suggest Florida could be the next epicenter of the virus in the United States.
Now, the NBA does have strict measures in its season restart, with basically all participating players and employees being housed in an enclosed campus.
All games will also be played inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex owned by Disney, in Orlando.
Only 5.3% of players tested have been known to be positive for coronavirus, and no one is seriously ill at the moment.
While it still looks like there could be nothing to stop basketball from returning soon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is also mindful that a threat still exists and it could be a another hurdle for the league.