Hiatus Notes: Conference Call, Gallinari, Olympics

The NBA is holding another conference call with its Board of Governors on Tuesday to talk about the hiatus and the league’s plans going forward, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

It will be the third time since last Wednesday that the league has conducted a call with ownership representatives from all 30 teams, according to Wojnarowski, who notes that there’s plenty to discuss and analyze as the coronavirus situation continues to rapidly evolve.

As we wait to hear what gets discussed during today’s meeting, let’s round up a few more notes related to the NBA’s stoppage…

  • A team of ESPN writers, including Eric Woodyard, Tim Bontemps, Nick Friedell, and Malika Andrews, takes a closer look at what the extended layoff will mean for every team in the Eastern Conference. As ESPN details, top teams like the Bucks and Raptors had been dealing with injuries prior to the suspension and should be a whole lot healthier if and when the season resumes.
  • While many NBA players didn’t fully understand the serious nature of the coronavirus outbreak until Rudy Gobert‘s positive test and the NBA’s shutdown last week, Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari had been keeping up on the situation for weeks as he saw how it impacted his home country, writes Marc Stein of The New York Times. “Of course we did a mistake not taking it seriously in Italy and now we are the second- or third-worst country in the world for this virus,” Gallinari said. “Hopefully we’re not going to make the same mistake in the States.”
  • FIBA announced today (via Twitter) that the draw for the 2020 Olympic basketball tournaments, which was scheduled for March 20, has been postponed indefinitely. The U.S., Spain, Australia, France, Argentine, Iran, Japan, and Nigeria will participate in the Olympic tournament, with four more countries set to qualify this summer. However, given the current global pandemic, the odds of those Olympic games in Tokyo going forward as planned seem increasingly shaky.
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5 thoughts on “Hiatus Notes: Conference Call, Gallinari, Olympics

  1. Major Factuh

    Don’t buy into the blanket numbers of Italy. Drill down to details. Age range is all basically 50+ and many many underlying health conditions. If you check those boxes then isolate and be careful.

    Everybody chill and wake up. Reality check, pinch yourself, do what you gotta do to snap outta this.

    Again, roast me, don’t care.

    • realistnotsucker

      Agreed over reaction for a small part of the population who should just stay inside, I never hear about the media talking about the 97% survival rate, why because it doesn’t make the media money but they’ll quickly support bailouts though

      • Major Factuh

        Media is running this circus for sure.

        We’re all better than this, we really are.

      • x%sure

        A 97% survivor rate is not newsworthy. Got nothing to do with money. The 3% is news.

        The kill rate is because we cannot handle this. That is news perhaps too harsh to say all the time, so we get a weird mix of splash-stats and false assurances.

        Acceptance should be based on respecting the enemy, not claiming the old don’t count and the dead never did. Not sure what the problem with our science is. Opaque

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