According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Monday, the NBA will hold a call with the league’s Board of Governors on Tuesday to further discuss the future of the season, which was postponed on March 11. The tentative plan is for the season to resume in June, but there’s no guarantee that the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, will slow down by then — and even if it does, there are plenty of potential risks that come with continuing the season.
On today’s episode of “Lakers, Explained,” Harrison and Christian talk about some of those potential risks, including the possibility of another player contracting the coronavirus past the epidemic’s peak. Right now, only three NBA players have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus: Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood. While the league is enforcing strict safety guidelines in an effort to keep that number at three, the virus isn’t just going to go away in three months — and if another player does contract the virus, the NBA might find itself back at square one.
There’s also the complicated logistics of rescheduling games at different venues, and deciding which portion of the schedule is still going to be played. In layman’s terms, there are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the Lakers’ — or any other NBA team’s — chances of playing again this season.
That being said, Harrison and Christian also talked about the potential positives that can come from this hiatus if the Lakers do come back, and what a potential NBA return could look like in a few months.