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Clippings: The NBA is preparing for at least a three-month hiatus

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The previous 30-day timeline for the league’s suspension has been extended.

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When the NBA announced its suspension last Wednesday in the immediate aftermath of a player testing positive for the coronavirus, the timeline was indefinite. As of Friday, the league was prepared to reassess its hiatus in 30 days.

That timeline has changed, and it will continue to evolve. Given CDC recommendations that Americans refrain from gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, ESPN reported Sunday that the NBA is preparing for a best-case scenario of resuming play in June. The league is exploring possibilities of playing with no fans to start, potentially using team practice facilities to hold games. Sources told ESPN that organizations have been instructed to provide the league with available dates for games through August.

It remains possible that the league will simply cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season, but clearly there is momentum within NBA circles to play out the rest of the season in some manner, even if it is significantly delayed. The league will prioritize health and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic in making any decisions about restarting the NBA calendar.

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