NBA Commissioner Adam Silver remains optimistic about salvaging season; defends player testing

Even if he admittedly did not have all the answers, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stayed firm on one thing. Though the coronavirus outbreak eventually prompted him to suspend the NBA season before overseeing seven players testing positive for the virus, Silver is not ready to announce a cancellation.

"I'm optimistic by nature," Silver told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on Wednesday. "I want to believe we can salvage some form of the season."

Silver has had daily conversations with medical experts and Michele Roberts, the executive director of the NBA players union. Silver has also hosted various conference calls with the league's 30 owners. During those discussions, Silver said all parties have proposed either restarting the season with fans, playing games behind closed doors or even hosting a one-off charity event. Silver added "it's possible" the outbreak could prompt the NBA to reconsider its schedule in future seasons.

USA TODAY Sports' Mackenzie Salmon breaks down how NBA players using their voices to make an impact.


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