Stephon Marbury advised Adam Silver to suspend NBA season?
Stephon Marbury has reemerged on the American sports scene thanks to a welcome and inspirational act this week, and it also sounds like he advised Adam Silver to put the NBA on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic before the commissioner went through with that difficult decision.
Marbury resurrected his professional basketball career overseas and ultimately became an icon in China. Marbury was in the country when the coronavirus outbreak grew into a global pandemic. This granted him perspective on the havoc such a massive health crisis can wreak, and the outbreak impacted his family and friends in critically devastating ways.
In a recent interview, Marbury says he reached out to Silver in early March about how the NBA had to shut things down.
“I sent [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver an email March 8,” Marbury told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I said in the email, ‘You guys got to stop.’ I said, ‘This is not good. You got, like, 17,000, 18,000 people going to games and people don’t know if they’re infected or not. This could happen. One of the basketball players can get infected. Anything can happen.’
“He was like, ‘Stephon, thank you for so much for sending me this email.’ My concern is for everybody. It’s bigger than basketball. You got guys getting sick and they can’t play. I mean, what’s the use? There is no point or no purpose. I think that it’s going to be a really big challenge for the [NBA] season to get going this year.
Silver ultimately declared that the 2019-20 NBA season would be placed on indefinite hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak beginning on March 12.
The NBA became the first professional sports league to shut down its season once Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with COVID-19. Silver has been widely praised for his steady, pragmatic and inspiring brand of leadership as the league confronted an unprecedented situation.
As far as Marbury is concerned, the Coney Island native is receiving widespread and deserved praise for organizing a deal through which 10 million masks will be delivered to New York City amid coronavirus crisis.