Rpeort: Chinese Basketball Association pushes back restart date until May

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2020

While the NBA's hiatus due to COVID-19 is going to go on for the foreseeable future, China's top basketball league looked ready to start things back up in the coming weeks.

The Chinese Basketball Association made a decision to delay the tentative season re-start to May, after initially announcing that the Chinese Authorities were hoping for a return to action on the 15th of April, after shutting down all activities due to safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report from Sportando, the CBA chose to push back its resumption date further after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed.

This news comes days after the Korean Basketball League (KBL hereafter) of South Korea canceled its season on Monday after approximately a month-long hiatus dating back to February 29.

More than 20 Americans, including Jeremy Lin and Lance Stephenson, had traveled to China and entered a two-week quarantine to prepare to play.

The NBA is hoping to restart at some point in late May or early June. These developments cast doubt on that - especially given that China and South Korea have been lauded for their mitigation of the novel coronavirus' spread.

The CBA is now looking at a four-month delay. If the National Basketball Association followed a similar trajectory, which might not be a huge stretch since the World Health Organization identified the U.S.as potentially the world's next COVID-19 epicenter on Wednesday, that would mean we would not get games again until July. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne recently reported that "no matter what, [NBA owners and players] want to salvage the season". Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Bulls easily on your device.

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