As the NBA contemplates how and when to resume its season, China – on an earlier coronavirus timeline – can serve as a model.
In a setback to the resumption of professional sports, the Chinese government issued an order Tuesday delaying the restart of the Chinese Basketball Association and other group sporting events, according to documents obtained by ESPN.
CBA teams have been informing players that they still intend to return to play and hope to have more clarity in a few weeks, sources told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
There’s probably a bigger lesson here about not blindly trusting messaging from China.
For the NBA, it’s a grim warning about the difficultly of restarting a basketball season amid an ongoing pandemic.