March 18, 2020 7:37 PM
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Coronavirus in Sport – the impact on Basketball

This is a continuously updated account of how basketball has been impacted by the developing coronavirus pandemic. For information on how the virus has affected other sports, click here.


7th April - NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated that there will be no way for the league to make a decision about when it can return until May 1 at the earliest.

1st April - The four players from the Brooklyn Nets that had tested positive for COVID-19 are now free from coronavirus symptoms.

19th March - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggests the coronavirus could permanently alter the NBA season, with a potential view to starting the next NBA season in December.

18th March - The NBA is preparing to stabilise itself financially after being advised that the league may not be able to resume play until June at the earliest.

12th March - The NBA have suspended the 2019-20 season indefinitely after two players scheduled to play, Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, tested positive for Covid-19.


15th April - The Chinese Basketball Association have elected to postpone its schedule again, this time until at least July.

25th March - The Chinese Basketball Association has further delayed its restart due to take place on the 15th of April until May following abandoned restarts in Japan and South Korea.


17th March - the British Basketball League (BBL) has postponed all matches yet to play in the 2019-20 season until further notice.


12th March - Europe’s elite basketball competition is suspended until further notice in tandem with the world basketball government body, FIBA, also suspending all events.


27th March - Basketball England have announced the conclusion of the NBL and WNBL regular season with all divisional winners officially declared.

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