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  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The entire Lakers roster has been deemed symptom-free of the coronavirus after completing a 14-day home isolation that was prescribed by team doctors, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

    Finally, some good news for the NBA. The Lakers were isolated two weeks ago and they all maintained quarantine in their homes. The league has yet to announce plans as far as next steps for potentially resuming the 2019-20 season, but this is a good start. More teams should complete quarantine periods in the coming weeks. It doesn't help that professional basketball's return in China was halted abruptly after they had planned on making a return earlier this week. This is obviously a very fluid situation and NBA commissioner Adam Silver must bide his time before making concrete decisions. Stay tuned.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The New York Post's Marc Berman reports that the NBA's best-case scenario is looking like a late June to early July brief regular season restart with a one-site, 16-team playoff, possibly with each series a best-of-three.

    He mentions that a league official said that nothing is off the table, so we're far away from anything definitive. There is still obviously a chance that the season gets cancelled, but the league is "very determined to have a champion". Don't expect anything to be determined for many weeks, if not months.

    Source: The New York Post

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed and should be rescheduled no later than the summer of 2021.

    A meeting was held between the President of the International Olympic Committee, the Prime Minister of Japan and others on Tuesday morning, and the determination was made to postpone the games. This is not surprising news, as countries have recently been pulling out.

    Source: Olympic.org

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, two players from the Lakers have tested positive for the coronavirus and the team may decide to test those players who were not tested Wednesday morning.

    The team did not announce which players had tested positive. With these two new confirmed cases of coronavirus, the league is up to 13 confirmed cases overall, including players and others who work in the organization.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has shut down all team facilities to players and staff beginning on Friday to mitigate the coronavirus situation.

    There still is no definitive news about whether the current NBA season will commence at any point this year. At this point, things are still up in the air. Stay safe, everyone.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    In an interview with Rachel Nichols on Wednesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is considering three different options to restart the league, including a one-off event for charity.

    Silver added that any option would have to come in consultation with health officials. He also mentioned the "national psyche" and how sports programming could come into play to help out with it. He's exploring the possibility of some players playing a game against each other, possibly as a fund-raiser for charity.

    Source: Rachel Nichols on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers will undergo coronavirus testing on Wednesday, following an announcement that four Nets players (Lakers' last opponent) tested positive for the virus.

    Most of the Lakers are still currently in Los Angeles and will self-quarantine for 14 days. This is an understandable precaution considering their exposure to the Nets in the last game. Hopefully, the results come back negative.

    Source: ESPN

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ex-US surgeon general Vivek Murthy delivered a message to the Board of Governors that left owners hopeful to resume the league before July.

    To be clear, Murthy also explained that he expects the number of cases in the United States to grow in the next 2-3 months. Despite the league owners' optimism, we will all need to wait for an official announcement from the league within the next month or so.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, during a call with the Board of Governors on Tuesday, the league plans to increase its credit line from $650 million to $1.2 billion.

    The move is expected to increase cash flow over the course of what's believed to be an extended shutdown of the season. With the NBA planning for the worst and hoping for the best, it remains less and less likely that 2019-20 will be able to resume anytime soon.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the NBA has been looking into available G League buildings and practice facilities through the end of August, with hopes of resuming the 2019-20 season.

    A major hurdle for resuming play in the late summer is the lack of open dates at many NBA arenas. As Stein notes in his tweets, there is intrigue from owners to see how the market would react to NBA games in the summer and a Christmas opening day.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA Board of Governors will have a call on Tuesday to discuss and analyze the impact that the coronavirus has had on the league.

    Wojnarowski added that this will be the board's third meeting since Wednesday, as they continue to gather more information. Over the weekend, the Center for Disease Control recommended staying away from crowds of 50 or more for the next eight weeks, before the White House recommended staying away from crowds of 10 or more on Monday. There's no telling when or what the NBA schedule will look like when we get there.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Due to the coronavirus, Tim Reynolds is reporting that the NBA is allowing players to exit from their respective home markets during the leaguewide shutdown.

    This is another indicator of the hiatus from games being a long one. In a few weeks hopefully, we receive an official update from the NBA on where things will be going from here, but like the rest of us, they are forced to simply monitor the medical situation.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Tim Bontemps, the NBA will be indefinitely extending its ban on team practices due to the coronavirus.

    Players will still be allowed to work out individually at team facilities. Bontemps went on to add that the NBA is recommending that all individuals entering practice facilities receive a temperature check. Restrictions are only increasing at this time, and while ideas are being floated around that has the NBA restarting in June, these discussions are fluid at this point.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Malika Andrews is reporting that the rest of the G League season is expected to be canceled due to the coronavirus.

    The G League season wraps up earlier than the NBA and it is not surprising to see the remainder of the season called off at this point. The NBA's minor-league has slowly built up its reputation, and it is disheartening to see the season come to a close in this fashion, but we will have to wait a few weeks to get a better picture of the NBA's outlook.

    Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, after a CDC recommendation against the gathering of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, NBA owners and executives are hoping for a mid-to-late June return of basketball with no fans in attendance.

    It's unclear if the CDC recommendation would extend to sporting events, but it would be difficult to organize players, team officials, referees and arena staff to stay under the 50-person limit. We should hear an official update from the NBA in the coming weeks.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter