The Coronavirus has disrupted the sport schedules all over the world. Now it is affecting people associated with sports too. The NBA’s latest victim to the global pandemic is New York Knicks owner James Dolan. The Madison Square Garden chairman has little to no symptoms according to the NY Knicks Twitter announcement.
Sources say that the 64-year old is fine. He is self-isolation in the Hamptons with his family. Whilst in self-isolation Dolan continues to oversee business operations for the New York-based team. Just hours before this shocking news emerged, the Dolan foundation donated $ million to the Madison Square Garden staff. This is to compensate for their inability to work due to the massive spread of the virus in the States.
The NBA has seen many positive Coronavirus cases amongst its players. The first of which was Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. This case saw the league suspended with one month of the regular season remaining. Gobert’ Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell too contracted the Coronavirus. The duo has since been given a clean bill of health.
This was not restricted to Utah. Four Brooklyn Nets players including Kevin Durant on the east coast tested positive. On the west coast, two unnamed Los Angeles Lakers players also tested positive.
ESPN’S Adrian Wojnarowski said that a best-case scenario for the league was a mid-June resumption. NBA commissioner Adam Silver believes that the league will be able to salvage some portion of the season. However, this remains doubtful as the Coronavirus in the States is showing no signs of slowing down. The United States has the most cases of Coronavirus in the world. They recently crossed a million positive cases with New York being of the hotbeds.
It will be a PR blot for the NBA (or any sport for that matter) if a single player contracts the virus after the conditions were deemed safe enough to resume playing. Should the season be canceled? Or should the players be isolated in a single place and have a short postseason in Vegas based on the current league positions?
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