Despite reports of renewed optimism about restarting the NBA season, commissioner Adam Silver said Friday night there is too much “uncertainty’’ to even give a date on when a decision can be made.
“We are not in any position to make any decisions and it’s unclear when we will be,” Silver said on a Friday conference call following the virtual spring Board of Governor’s meeting.
Dr. David Ho of Columbia University, one of the nation’s leading disease specialists, delivered video presentation during the BOG virtual spring meeting and then took questions from the owners.
“The takeaway was there’s enormous amount of this virus has yet to be learned,” Silver said.
Bob Heiger, another specialist who gave a presentation, told the owners: “It’s about the data, not the date.”
“These are all extraordinarily successful people,’’ Silver said of the NBA owners. “They are roll-up-their-sleeves people. There’s frustration on how little we control over the situation. There’s a fair amount of angst.”
Silver said Dr. Ho’s presentation “reaffirmed we all have to accept we’re dealing with incomplete facts.”
“This is bigger than our sport,’’ Silver added. “There’s too much uncertainty to know a path moving forward. There’s too much unknown to set a timeline.”
That said, the owners still want to believe, according to Silver. The season was suspended on March 11. Sources have told The Post a best-case scenario would be a July startup with a 5-to-7 game regular season finish followed by a scaled-down 16-team, one-site playoff tournament.