Sports enthusiasts are clamoring for some sort of return of sports—in any form. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban feels the same and is almost certain that the National Basketball Association (NBA) can make a return by early June, according to Yahoo Sports.
The Shark Tank investor and outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner expressed his optimism in an interview with Pittsburgh radio station, 93.7 The Fan. “If things really go our way, it’s not inconceivable to me, and this is me being hopeful and not being scientific, that we could potentially play games in early June.
“I think we’re coming back. I can’t tell you exactly when, but this is purely a science and doctor’s thing. My attitude always is it’s not about if the glass is half empty or half full, it’s who’s pouring the water. In this particular case, it’s the scientists pouring the water. All I know from all the science and everything that I’m reading, I think we’re making enough advances that several of them will come through so we can start planning what a comeback would look like.
“I’m a big believer in American exceptionalism, and everything I’m starting to hear in terms of the science is coming along and the medical advances that we’re making to fight this thing makes me very positive. If I had to bet, and this is more a guess than a bet, I’d say early June is when you see teams start to take the field and maybe play games just for television.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has stated on many occasions that the league will not make a return until national health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) give a full clearance to resume activities. In the meantime, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association just recently agreed to extend the moratorium on transactions indefinitely.
The league has also been discussing the possibility of playing games in a “bubble” city like Las Vegas, potentially setting a two-week quarantine where teams can work out in solitary settings, then go through a two-week training camp followed by an abbreviated regular season and postseason.