Playing in a bubble and staying isolated from the general public is one thing, but until they can test and re-test and ensure they are not bringing any individuals carrying the COVID-19 virus into their midst, it's a losing battle.
On Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke with players on the league's contingencies for a potential return to play in 2020.
"This could turn out to be the single greatest challenge of all our lives", Silver warned, noting that 40% of the league's revenue comes from game night earnings.
Instead, most teams in the league have roughly 15-20 games left remaining on their regular-season schedule.
Silver said there's no rush to make a decision in May or even into early June.
Silver "expressed confidence there would be enough mass testing available in the United States for the league to feel confident about using such a large number of tests".
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Tiger and I talked to the sheriff in Tampa, and he's going to be allowed to go to Palm Beach to play. I would have loved to have had this tournament in a place where they don't like Tom very much.
Some reports have mentioned Las Vegas as a place to play games, while Walt Disney World Resort facilities in Florida have also been taken under consideration.
The optics of using tests for a professional sports league to resume when front-line health care workers who were actually putting themselves in harm's way weren't able to get them is nothing the National Basketball Association or any pro league wants to deal with.
The commissioner also addressed recent reports that the start of next season could be pushed until December, regardless of how the current season plays out.
In the two months since, the league has worked on a variety of possibilities for restarting its season and just this week began to allow for players to get back into their teams' practice facilities.
Several teams opened training facilities on Friday while adhering to strict safety protocols which included having no more than four players in the buildings at all times.