March 2020 Basketball Wiretap

David Griffin Says NBA 'Very Mindful Of The Idea Of Getting Back To Playing'

Mar 22, 2020 2:12 PM

New Orleans Pelicans general manager David Griffin said that the league is doing everything in its power to not have to cancel the rest of the NBA season.

“With everything changing so quickly, everything is in a state of flux that I think it would be premature for the NBA to say what it ultimately looks like. I do know unequivocally that the league is very mindful of the idea of getting back to playing. The idea of canceling a season is not all on their minds, and we’re modeling every possible thing we can for how we can deliver a product to the fans.

"Quite frankly, we’re all going to need a diversion in the future. (But) until we can get to a point where we think we’ve got containment of (the coronavirus), we’re going to continue to stay locked down. Hopefully we’ll get to a point where we can come back sooner rather than later," said Griffin in an interview.

Adam Silver announced a 30-day minimum league suspension through at least April 9th.

Others have reported that the NBA will do everything in its power to not cancel the playoffs, even if it takes the season into July or August.

New Orleans Pelicans

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NBA Won't Fine Or Suspend Rudy Gobert For Actions Leading Up To COVID-19 Test

Mar 12, 2020 11:12 PM

The NBA will not fine or suspend Rudy Gobert for his actions leading up to testing positive for COVID-19, sources tell Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Gobert was the first player to test positive for the virus on Wednesday and was followed by Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell's locker is next to Gobert.

Gobert reportedly ignored directives from the NBA not to touch other players. Gobert also playfully touched the microphones of media members at the conclusion of an interview this week.

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