"The NBA today announced the postponement of NBA Draft Lottery 2020 and NBA Draft Combine 2020, both scheduled to take place later this month in Chicago". There are stands the possibility that the 2019-20 season is not completed and the draft is held much earlier in the summer.
What's important to take note of in this statement is the information that isn't present in it.
The NBA has set a date for league practice facilities to re-open, however, that doesn't mean they're ready to start testing their asymptomatic players for the coronavirus.
As with many things in this pandemic, it's still too soon to say - but we're starting to get a rough outline of how the National Basketball Association would like things to go pending many things beyond their control or even knowledge at this point.
The decision came from a conference call with the league's board of governors, who voted to postpone the lottery and combine but delayed deciding on the draft itself, which is scheduled for June 25.
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National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver has been preparing teams for a potential delayed start to the 2020-21 campaign, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
"Many times, at the start of the National Basketball Association season, we are competing with arguably the best Thursday Night Football game with the National Basketball Association on TNT, our marquee broadcast, and we get crushed, and we wonder why?"
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National Basketball Association decision-makers are considering moving back the start of next season to December and playing the Finals into July and August.