NBA star Steph Curry is ready to get back to the business of basketball despite the league announcing that forty-eight players tested positive for COVID-19 as training camps for the 2020-21 season opened.
Speaking at the Golden State Warriors media day, the 32-year-old guard said, “Basketball is important, it’s a business, and we have a product to put out there so we obviously understand what the situation is but I know a lot of smart people are dedicating every waking hour of the day to put these protocols in place.”
Despite Curry’s confidence in the league, he knows the season could be a difficult one.
“There are gonna be lots of surprises though, we know that, it’s just part of the reality of the situation we’re all living in.”
The NBA said it tested 546 players as part of its “initial return-to-market testing phase,” which kicked off between Nov. 24 and Nov. 30. Anyone who tested positive was placed in isolation until cleared under league rules.
The league had few issues keeping its “bubble” environment at Walt Disney World free of the novel coronavirus as it carried out the end of their delayed season earlier this year, but now faces many of the same challenges other North American leagues have playing in the COVID-19 era.
With the exception of the Toronto Raptors, teams will play in their home markets this season, with individual player workouts starting this week and group workouts beginning Sunday.
The Raptors, the only Canadian team in the league, will start their season in Tampa, Florida, due to tight international travel restrictions, as COVID-19 cases soar in the United States, where hospitalizations hit a record for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday.