The pandemic-level spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has halted businesses and the quotidian lifestyles of people. In the United States, that has included stopping professional and amateur sports in their tracks. The NBA, for example, had to suspend all league operations last Thursday. There have been positive diagnoses of multiple players across several teams since.
A former White House healthcare advisor is warning the league that promising a definitive return could be dangerous.
Andy Slavitt is a former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. He spoke to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski and warned the league could be manufacturing “false hope.” That “false hope” is regarding the supposed timeline to end the suspension.
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Slavitt admitted there is social pressure for the NBA to guarantee the league return to normalcy soon. That’s even while public health officials combat the spread of coronavirus. The outbreak has reached multiple teams and even players, including stars Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant, and Marcus Smart.
Slavitt also rejected the idea that the NBA needed to return as soon as possible, despite everybody’s collective desire to return to normal. He cites the danger of the current very contagious coronavirus. While everyone wants to see hoops return to our lives, right now it is in our best interest to self-isolate and mitigate the spread and cases of COVID-19.
Once we do that, then we can bring basketball back.