Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter tried to make some light out of the gruesome COVID-19 pandemic. Medical experts have instructed everyone to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Kanter has been abiding by their advice. According to him, he has washed his hands for 20 seconds 57 times in one day.
Me after washing my hands for 20 seconds 57 times in one day pic.twitter.com/VG4fnI23Vy
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) March 13, 2020
Since the NBA has instructed most teams to stay at home, players have flocked to social media to let the time pass. It’s easy to imagine NBA players getting antsy in their homes. After all, for a better part of their lives, basketball has been their main thing. But given the pandemic and the indefinite suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season, these athletes cannot do anything much.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver noted that the league will likely not resume play for at least 30 days. He also said that there’s a possibility that the entire season will not continue.
Initially, the NBA front office was discussing to hold closed-door games which will feature just the two teams with limited staff and crew. But then, when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, Silver quickly announced the suspension of the 2019-20 season.
Most teams had less than 20 games remaining in their regular-season schedule. Some teams have already clinched their playoff berth while some were trying to make a final run at the postseason. Understandably, both fans and players were frustrated at how the events turned out. Eventually, both parties accepted the fate of the league. The pandemic, after all, is a whole lot bigger than the sport.