NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver Resolved to Continue Restart as Florida COVID-19 Cases Spike

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With the reports of a COVID-19 surge in Florida, many wondered if this would affect the NBA's resumed season, which is due to resume at the end of July. But NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the resumed season will continue as planned. SI's Madelyn Burke shares the latest on the NBA's return. 

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Despite concerns of players, coaches, and league office executives over resuming play amid a coronavirus outbreak in Florida, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has expressed resolve to continue with the league’s planned restart in the Orlando, Florida bubble.According to a recent report from ESPN, Silver sounded "resolute but somber" as he acknowledged the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Florida. 

On Saturday, Florida set another daily record for coronavirus cases with more than 4,000 positive tests, marking the third consecutive day the state had set a record for daily cases.NBPA executive director Michele Roberts told ESPN that the union is closely monitoring the situation, saying "While we take some solace in knowing our players will not travel commercially to get to Orlando, that access to the campus is severely limited and, of course, all of the other health and safety protocols in place, the numbers will keep our attention."The NBA's protocols are based on CDC guidelines. The league is currently planning on beginning COVID-19 testing of its players on June 23 as part of the beginning of Phase 2 of the league's resumption. The season is not slated to resume until July 30.