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1. NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER SPEAKING AT PRESS CONFERENCE
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2. VARIOUS OF MILWAUKEE BUCKS TEAM TRAINING FOR NBA GAME PLAYED IN PARIS
3. VARIOUS OF CHARLOTTE HORNETS TEAM TRAINING FOR NBA GAME AGAINST BUCKS IN PARIS
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4. STILL PHOTO OF INDIANA PACERS GUARD MALCOLM BROGDON WARMING UP BEFORE A GAME AGAINST THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS AT FISERV FORUM
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5. STILL PHOTO OF SACRAMENTO KINGS CENTER ALEX LEN ON COURT BEFORE THE GAME AGAINST THE DETROIT PISTONS AT GOLDEN 1 CENTER
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6. STILL PHOTO OF SACRAMENTO KINGS JABARI PARKER (PARKER WAS TRADED FROM THE ATLANTA HAWKS TO SACRAMENTO KINGS IN FEBRUARY 2020) WARMING UP BEFORE A GAME AGAINST THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AT STATE FARM ARENA
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7. STILL PHOTO OF FIREWORKS GOING OFF AROUND CINDERELLA'S CASTLE AT DISNEY WORLD
STORY: The NBA season could again be put on hold if there is a "significant spread" of COVID-19 among its players in Orlando, where the league is set to resume play on July 30 with no fans in attendance, commissioner Adam Silver said on Friday (June 26).
The NBA was the first major North American league to suspend its season in mid-March after a player tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It recently agreed a plan with its players to restart with 22 teams at Disney World in Florida.
But if the number of cases inside the NBA's so-called "bubble" rises, "that may lead us to stopping" play, Silver told ESPN.
Silver said the record number of cases in Florida recently has raised the level of concern but added that the use of the campus - where players will live, practise and play - is designed to limit risk of exposure to the surrounding community.
Silver's remarks came on the same day the NBA reported that 16 out of 302 players tested for COVID-19 on June 23 had tested positive. The league did not disclose the identities of the players.
"Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician," the National Basketball Association said in a statement.
Jabari Parker and Alex Len of the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers' Malcolm Brogdon were confirmed on Wednesday (June 24) to have tested positive, though it was not immediately clear when their tests took place.
Kings forward Parker said in a team statement that he had received the diagnosis "several days ago."
Late Friday the league announced the schedule in which 22 of 30 NBA teams will play eight seeding games to determine a 16-team playoff field that would follow the traditional post-season format and crown a champion no later than October 13.
Players would be living, practicing and playing at the Disney resort to minimize the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.
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