It's been one month since the NBA effectively shut its doors after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert contracted the coronavirus. While athletes, owners, and even politicians have expressed their desire for sports to return, there's still so much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.
That was exemplified on Friday evening, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that "everything is on the table" for resuming the 2019-20 regular season, but has yet to set a specific timetable for a decision.
It's the same old, same old.
There have been plenty of rumors as to how the NBA can return, from playing in Las Vegas to even setting camp in Walt Disney World. But as disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci stressed, the only feasible way for basketball and other professional sports to resume their seasons is to have no fans in attendance and for players (and the rest of the country) to have widespread access to COVID-19 testing.
During his conference call with President Donald Trump, Silver wisely said he'll wait on approval from public health officials before making a decision on when league operations can resume. Fauci even stressed in news interviews that "the virus makes the timeline, not the individual."
The only way the NBA can return to our televisions is if the nation (and the world) can effectively test for, monitor, and limit the spread of the coronavirus. We're nowhere near that at this point, so don't hold your breath on a decision to be made in short order.