The NBA's plan to avoid catastrophe and keep all personnel as safe as possible while returning to play amid the coronavirus pandemic includes everybody involved with completing the 2019-20 season quarantining, living, and playing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is a realist, though, and understands one outbreak could sink things before games resume.
While speaking with reporters last Friday, Silver admitted that any "significant spread" of the virus could cause him to postpone or even cancel the season.
He reiterated those comments during a "Time 100" talk on Tuesday:
According to Time's Sean Gregory, Silver said: "Certainly, if we have a lot of cases, we’re going to stop. You cannot run from this virus. I am absolutely convinced that it will be safer on this campus than off this campus, because there aren’t many other situations I’m aware of where there’s mass testing of asymptomatic employees. So in some ways this is maybe a model for how other industries ultimately open."
On Monday, Brooklyn Nets players Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan announced they recently tested positive. Jordan is not joining the Nets in Orlando, while Dinwiddie hasn't yet declared his intentions.