“Participate in the Olympic Games held in Japan as scheduled”
After the first half of the 2020-21 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver commented on the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for July in a Q & A session with the media on March 6th.
Silver commented on the relationship between the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and the NBA: “We have a good relationship with the FIBA. We are partners as the competition becomes more globalized.” He also stated that he would participate in the Olympic Games held in Japan as scheduled.
The Commissioner’s remarks about participating in the Olympics are meaningful, but Silver insisted that the NBA players’ participation in the Olympics would ultimately be left to the discretion of the players’ association. “It’s up to them to decide if they want to play in the tournament. Some may think of the NBA and the US national team as equal, but our players are playing in national teams.”
So far, the US national team is preparing to send “Team USA,” which consists of NBA superstars, to the Tokyo Olympics. Before the tournament, players will be gathered in Las Vegas, and the playoffs will be held in a “bubble” format with an isolated area as a measure to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, as was the case with the playoffs held at Disney Resort in Orlando last season. Australia and Spain are also planning to participate in this “bubble”, which is convenient for the players of both countries playing in the NBA team.
“There will be a great tournament in Tokyo this summer,” Silver said, given the current state of anti-coronavirus measures in each country.