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Video: Stephen Curry asks Dr. Anthony Fauci to predict when NBA can return

Stephen Curry, Warriors, Dr. Anthony Fauci

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry consulted with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the immunologist who has helped as part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, to help him predict when the NBA could return.

Dr. Fauci noted the difference between the rising cases in the United States compared to what’s going on in Europe in countries like Italy and Spain, where the number of infected keeps rising with no imminent sight of flattening the curve.

The immunologist clarified that for the NBA to resume its season, the league would need to see a downslope first to begin to proceed:

“In direct answer to your question, we can start thinking about getting back to some degree of normality when the country as a whole has turned that corner and starts coming down,” said Dr. Fauci. “Then you can pinpoint cases — much more easily than getting overwhelmed by cases, which is what’s going on in New York City.”

While some had expected this halt to be a matter of weeks, it could be months before the NBA resumes with the 2019-20 season. Depending on how long of a hiatus, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver could turn to a play-in tournament to get into the postseason as well as reduced games in each series to speed up the process.

Curry’s Warriors likely won’t be playing for much longer given they currently boast the worst record in the league. Still , many have been anxious to put a bow on this season after a wave of uncertainty in the last few days.