Coronavirus (COVID-19) NBA Update – April 20th Edition

Coronavirus (COVID-19) NBA Update – April 20th Edition

Written by on April 20, 2020

The NBA has been on hiatus since Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus on March 11. Ever since then, the league, like the NHL and MLB, has relied on information from medical experts to determine their next moves. Although last week President Donald Trump released his 4 phase plan to reopen the economy, the NBA remains in limbo. Check out our National Basketball Association update!

NBA Update – April 20th Edition

2020 NBA Championship

  • When: TBD
  • Where: TBD

2020 NBA Championship Odds

  • Los Angeles Lakers +200
  • Milwaukee Bucks +225
  • A. Clippers +300
  • Houston Rockets +1500
  • Boston Celtics +1500
  • Toronto Raptors +1600
  • Denver Nuggets +2000
  • Philadelphia 76ers +2800
  • Utah Jazz +3300
  • Miami Heat +2800
  • Dallas Mavericks +3500
  • Indiana Pacers +8000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +10000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +2000
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +50000
  • Brooklyn Nets +50000
  • Orlando Magic +50000
  • San Antonio Spurs +50000
  • Phoenix Suns +100000
  • Sacramento Kings +100000

No decision after Friday, April 17 NBA Board of Governors’ meeting

The NBA Board of Governors met on Friday, April 17. Although no positive news came from the meeting, no real negative news came from the meeting, either. National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made some key statements that point to the purgatory in which the league finds itself.

Silver said, “Based on the reports that we got from varied outside officials, current public health officials … we are not in a position to make any decisions.”

The commissioner went on to state that he wasn’t sure when the NBA would be in a position to make any decisions.”

NBA hopes to resume play…but

The NBA hopes to restart play. Silver said that even though the league can’t decide about when they can start playing again, the board of governors also can’t decide on when to shut down the season.

There is a gigantic reason to believe the NBA, somehow, makes it work. One of the things Silver said is that team’s “financials” and the league’s “revenue” has in essence “dropped to zero”. The National Basketball Association is making no money.

Who knows what might happen if the players must start refunding salaries? That’s a worse-case scenario. Still, it can happen. The National Basketball Association must soon stop sending players paychecks or, at least, cut those paychecks by close to 50%. That’s a huge problem for NBA players.

It’s all relative. People tend to spend what they have whether it’s $1,000 a month or more than a million. Also, any investment that sports stars had in the market have deteriorated just like everyone else’s investments. Among the usual discussion of testing and health of players and fans, the financial implications that Silver alluded to stick out.

Worst could be behind us

Trump, with the blessing of Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, last week released the administration’s Open Up America Again 4 phase plan. Phase 1 lists sports venues as a place that could open. Fauci said that sports could probably resume without fans.

New cases in the United States fall by the day. More importantly, deaths in the U.S. are trending down. That’s great news. If the positive trends continues into May, the NBA could, possibly, play games in front of limited fans. Bog Iger, who is working with the NBA to determine when the league might restart play, said it’s about “the data not the date”. If the data continues to trend in a positive direction, the NBA may restart the season.

Let’s hope that’s the case!

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