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.