Report: Houston being considered as possible site for NBA return
Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated that he needed a two-to-four-week window to make a decision on whether or not the NBA season would resume. As it appears, a new development has emerged involving the Houston Rockets’ home court as a potential venue for the NBA should the commissioner opt to resume the season.
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports that aside from the other venues that have been previously identified as potential locations for the NBA (including Disney World in Orlando and Las Vegas), downtown Houston has emerged as another possible option:
Other locations are also under consideration, including Houston, multiple sources say. In downtown Houston, Toyota Center, the Rockets’ home arena, neighbors the George R. Brown Convention Center; combined, they have the facilities necessary to serve as a neutral site to host games.
While this doesn’t exactly seem like it would be a neutral site given it’s the Rockets’ home arena, an NBA return would be done without fans at the games, which would help eliminate any home-court advantage.
O’Connor explains the upside of holding games at one neutral site, but also notes that regardless of the league’s decision on this front, mass testing will still be necessary:
Hosting the rest of the season at a neutral site would create less risk, though it remains to be seen what the league and players union will agree on. No matter where games are played, thousands of swabs and tests for players, coaches, and other personnel will be needed.
We are living in unprecedented times, and for what it’s worth, we have to give credit to Adam Silver and his team for continuously trying to find a solution for this seemingly unsolvable conundrum.
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