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NBA masterfully pulled off a successful NBA 2019-20 regular season and a playoff run with relatively few barriers. NBA now is charging ahead with an insignificantly edited regular NBA 2020-21 season, scheduled to start in less than four weeks.
“Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test during this initial phase of testing in their team’s market is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and the Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance,” the NBA said in a statement.
In only two weeks, 2 million new cases have been recorded in the U.S.A. More than 260,000 Americans have died of COVID-19.
“With appropriate protocols in terms of distancing and advanced testing, you will be able to bring fans back into arenas. It’s certainly our goal. But it’s dependent on some additional advancements. Rapid testing may be the key here.” said Adam Silver.
546 NBA players were tested for the coronavirus from Nov. 24-30 …
48 returned positive tests …
That’s 8.8 percent of the league as teams reassembled after the shortest offseason in league history …
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 2, 2020
NBA news: NBA had been running Covid-19 tests rigorously for the NBA 2020-21 season
While the league cannot guarantee safety from the virus, it has introduced some heavy health and safety protocols for the players and staff members of various NBA franchises.
During the first round of testing for the Orlando restart in July, 25 of 354 players tested positive for COVID-19. Two weeks later, the league reported just two positive cases. Once every player tested negative, there was not another positive case inside the bubble.
Players and coaches will be tested for coronavirus every day around the league. A positive test would likely hinder someone for most of camp and presumably into the NBA 2020-21 preseason.
NBA-NBPA Core Health and Safety Principles for 2020-21 season: pic.twitter.com/IjtYUPPi77
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 28, 2020
The rules are so strict that the clubs cannot even hold a team dinner on the eve of training camp. The NBA is not permitting those to take place until at least Dec. 11, or the start of Phase 4 in the league’s five-phase plan for health and safety, heading in the NBA 2020-21 season.
After the NBA and NBPA decided on a pre-Christmas start, they also declared that they had plans to allow 25-50% fans in the arenas. Whereas the Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has stated that they are prepared to spend upwards of $30 million on Covid-19 testing to bring back fans at a 50 percent capacity.
NBA news: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs