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NBA wants to salvage 2019-20 season ‘no matter what’

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ESPN insider Ramona Shelburne claims the NBA wants to salvage the 2019-20 season “no matter what.”

The NBA suspended play after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The CDC is recommending no large events of 50 or more people for the next two months.

“I think there’s a general sense, among owners and among players, that no matter what, they want to salvage the season if that’s in July, if that’s in August, if that’s in September, so be it,” Shelburne said on Outside the Lines.

“I don’t think anybody wants to start a new season without crowing a champion from this season. I think we’re all learning you can’t predict this thing.”

More and more people in the NBA are testing positive for COVID-19. Aside from Gobert, Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart have tested positive for COVID-19.

The NBA would like to resume the season in July or August. The playoffs are where the league and its owners make the most money, so that’s why the league wants to have the postseason in its entirety — even if it means shortening the end of the regular season.

Before play was suspended, the Milwaukee Bucks had the best record in the league again. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, had the top record in the Western Conference.

Hopefully, basketball games are played again in the summer. However, not before the coronavirus has died down and it’s safe to play.