With the NBA season suspended due to the rampant spread of the coronavirus, you may not get to see the San Antonio Spurs in action again until June.
Just as the CDC announced a recommendation that no events are held with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a bombshell regarding the future of the 2019-20 NBA season. According to his report, the San Antonio Spurs may not be back in action again until the latter part of June.
For as much as no one wants this to be the case, it very well could be for the best. With a large portion of the nation practicing the discipline of social distancing, gathering thousands of NBA fans for games is a hard idea to sell—especially without a clear plan in place by our nation’s leaders.
This comes just days after the announcement that the NBA would suspend its season after two players, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, tested positive for COVID-19. It was stated at the time that the league, headed by commissioner Adam Silver, would spend the next few days working diligently to outline what comes next.
CDC recommendation of no events of 50-plus people for next two months comes as a number of NBA owners and executives increasingly believe a best case scenario is a mid-to-late June return to play — with no fans. League's scouting for possible arena dates all the way thru August.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 15, 2020
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For Spurs fans, this means there’d be no professional basketball in San Antonio for at least the next three months. Being the main professional sports team in the limelight of the Alamo City, the Spurs are looked to as an escape from the realities of the world. Sports offer a place where we can get away from what’s going on outside of that realm, but we’re going to have to put that on hold for the time being.
San Antonio is in the midst of its worst season since the nineties, as the Spurs are on pace to finish outside of the playoffs and select from the draft lottery this offseason. Even with that being the case, this has been an exciting team to watch with wing DeMar DeRozan having the best season of his career.
The young trio of Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker and Derrick White have been a joy to watch as they get adjusted to their roles this year. While it’s been a rollercoaster ride to watch, the highs outweigh the lows and their play will be sorely missed.
No final determination has been made; although it wouldn’t be surprising to assume that the league will be in a standstill through the majority of the Spring.
We’ll keep you updated on what comes next, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Spurs basketball will be back sooner than the league’s governors are anticipating.