The NBA scored points with the public when it suspended the 2019-20 season at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, setting an early tone March 11 and charting a path for other sports leagues to follow.
The NBA planned to be pragmatic. Commissioner Adam Silver pledged to listen to research and data before picking a return date and location.
That initial thrust started to fall by the wayside on June 4 when the league settled on Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as the location to restart the season. While the campus is likely one of few places capable of providing the necessary space, the state entered shutdown late, opened early and only recently required people wear masks in public.
But as coronavirus cases in Florida continue to spike, the restart only grows closer. The league has released its schedule and continues to spiral toward the eye of the storm. With the NBA resolute in its decision and players only weeks from taking the court July 15 for training camp and the season on July 31, we ask five important questions facing the league.