While there are far more important matters at hand nationwide following the suspension of the NBA season due to the coronavirus, plenty of questions have surfaced about what exactly is next for the Celtics and the NBA if/when the season is cleared to resume by health experts. Some perspective on what may lie ahead in the coming weeks and months.
How long will the season suspension last at a minimum?
Adam Silver spoke on Inside the NBA on Thursday night and indicate a month off will be the minimum for the league as it attempts to assess the situation.
“We don't know enough to be more specific than that,” Silver said of the 30-day minimum suspension. “But we wanted to give direction to our players and teams and fans that this is going to be roughly at least a month.
"But then the question becomes is there a protocol frankly with or without fans in which we can resume play. I think the goal [is] ... what makes sense here without compromising anyone's safety. It's frankly too early to tell."
The question for the NBA here, like any other sports league or business, in general, is when they will get the green light from health experts. It’s hard to imagine them getting a green light on mass gatherings again within a month or two so perhaps it will be done incrementally as one league source suggested with games played to empty arenas while being closely monitored by team medical personnel.
The other factor that will come into play here is how much time is required to ensure players are in adequate shape to perform after a lengthy layoff. For now, there are no group workouts and practices that are authorized through next week. After that, once the quarantine is lifted on affected teams, organizations could be given the green light again to come together as a group. If that happens towards the end of 30 days, it’s possible teams could hit the ground running whenever the schedule resumes. Otherwise, there’s going to need to be some built-in time for players and teams to maintain a playing level before returning to the floor.
What will the Celtics be up to during the league suspension?
All players have been informed that they must remain in the market of the team throughout the suspension. Not only does that help reduce the threat of spreading the coronavirus but it ensures that teams will be able to practice and workout when they are fully cleared to do so. A league source told BSJ that players are being encouraged not to bring in multiple visitors from out of town either during the suspension to stay with them. All Celtics personnel in the traveling party are expected to be tested for the coronavirus this Saturday if they so desire.
Will there definitely be a regular-season when NBA play resumes?
It all comes down to timing. If the suspension rolls into May and June, then the only option for the league