NBA marches toward return to court, but coronavirus concerns linger

AP file photo / The NBA is weeks away from players for 22 of its 30 teams gathering in Florida to prepare for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, including the complete playoffs, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Acknowledging that no option would have been completely free of risk during a pandemic, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that the concern shared by the league and its players surrounding next month's restart of the season is rising as the number of coronavirus cases in Florida keeps climbing.

That said, the league and the National Basketball Players Association are moving forward - finalizing the deal that will bring the NBA back to competition next month and have teams arriving in less than two weeks at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

Many of the details of the agreement announced Friday were already known, such as how "stringent health and safety protocols" would be in place for the 22 teams that will be participating, that no fans will be present and that games will be held in three different arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is on the Disney campus.