China again delays basketball season due to coronavirus

Ruben Hill
April 1, 2020

The CBA's attempts to return to action after being shut down since January because of the coronavirus is seen as a test case for American sports leagues, especially the National Basketball Association.

However, the country is still hitting several bumps in the road to getting back to competitive sporting events as we know them. With this in mind, the league still wants to continue the season especially when you consider how many teams have played close to 65 out of 82 games.

The Chinese government has delayed the resumption of its national basketball league and other sports, in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

This is not great news for sports leagues around North America. All teams still have 16 matches to play. So far, it has not.

But the CBA has a bigger issue that the National Basketball Association does not have-nearly all its best players are foreigners, most of whom went home when the CBA put the season on hold in late January when the coronavirus was nearing its peak in the country. More than a dozen American players, including Jeremy Lin and Lance Stephenson, returned to China within the past two weeks to start a 14-day quarantine with the expectation the season could begin soon.

Anticipating the possible return, the teams requested the return of their foreign players. Some, like Gobert, teammate Donovan Mitchell, and Celtics guard Marcus Smart, have been cleared of the virus without having shown symptoms.

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