By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Coming to you from inside his home for what he thought was the 35th day in a row, the second month of self-quarantine guidelines may be getting to Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.
But it hasn’t diminished his optimism that the National Basketball Association will return and finish their 2019-20 season at some point this summer, as Grousbeck explained during a Tuesday appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz.
“I’m hopeful,” Grousbeck told the guys when asked about the league resuming play. “We’re on literally almost daily different committee calls and league-wide calls and the tone — or the substance — of the meetings is safety first. And that’s not just a buzzword or phrase, it’s exactly how Adam [Silver] and all the owners feel; We gotta make sure it’s safe, so that’s gonna mean testing and everything else.
“But when it’s safe, we’re going to go ahead. I’m not predicting when, but the idea is to try to do something when safety is assured.”
When it’s safe, however, remains a complete unknown.
While the league has remained committed to playing through the summer, nobody seems to have an exact of if and when the league will reopen its door. Or perhaps more importantly, where. Asked about games being played in Boston upon a return, Grousbeck noted that nothing has been decided on that front. And when asked about Las Vegas, which has been one of the more popular suggestions among both players and media, Grousbeck once again said he didn’t know about those players because, again, nothing has been decided from Silver and the league’s executive committee.
“It’s a fair question,” said Grousbeck. “The fact is that Adam has said we won’t make any decisions, under any circumstances, until May 1st. But it could be, who knows, June 1st or July 1st before a decision is made either to go or no-go.
“If I knew more, I would have to say I know more but I can’t comment, but I don’t know more.”
And with everything seemingly an unknown and/or working against the idea of the NBA returning to play anytime soon, Grousbeck will hang on to the certainty of time being on the league’s side.
“I think we’ve got time,” Grousbeck said. “We don’t have to play according to the original schedule. We would’ve been in the playoffs right now, we would’ve had home games last weekend.
“The future is in front of us.”
You can listen to F&M’s complete interview with Grousbeck beginning at the 24-minute mark of the third hour.