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The NBA will be on hiatus for at least 30 days, practices won’t start until at least March 16

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On Thursday, the NBA gave its protocol on how the league will proceed in the coming month and weeks ahead.

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Adam Silver detailed what the NBA will go through over the next 30 days or so.
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The NBA has suspended the 2019-20 season until further notice due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, but Commissioner Adam Silver gave some more clarity on how things will proceed.

In a letter to fans, Silver wrote that the league will not play games for at least 30 days, or until around April 10-12. While the NBA intends to resume the season in some form, it’s unclear what will happen.

We wrote about the possibilities the league could take at that time from cancelling the season, immediately starting the playoffs or pushing off the end of the season until the summer below.

Marc Stein of the New York Times wrote that the NBA notified that team players should remain in the areas where they play. They are not to hold practices until Monday, March 16 or later. The league also recommended a “one players, one coach, one basket rule” at workouts in practice facilities.

I believe that players should continue to use facilities, provided that they have tested negative for the coronavirus. However, people who contract the virus may not show symptoms for two weeks (or even longer).

Because of that, I don’t think it’s safe for teams to practice next Monday . It’s better that the NBA quarantine all players, coaches and basketball operations staff, get them tested for the coronavirus, and THEN let them continue team activities.

The Washington Wizards are still self-quarantined until at least Monday. Hopefully, no one on the team develops coronavirus symptoms over the weekend.