By MARK MEDINA USA Today

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t know if or when the 2019-20 season will resume.

“We are not in a position to make any decisions, and it’s unclear when we will be,” Silver said Friday.

Silver held a video conference call on Friday with the NBA’s 30 owners, a session that yielded more questions than answers. The only definitive? Silver declined to rule out the possibility of the NBA salvaging its 2019-20 season after suspending operations on March 11 because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“I don’t mean to send any signals about the likelihood or not of restarting the season,” Silver said. “All I can say is we’re still at a point where we don’t have enough information to make a decision.”

The NBA was originally scheduled to begin the playoffs this weekend, but that does not mean the league has ruled out ways to resume the rest of its regular season.

“It’s absolutely still an option,” Silver said. “Everything is on the table.”

The NBA may have brainstormed various scenarios that would include holding games with or without fans, either at team venues or neutral sites. But Silver stressed the NBA did not have any in-depth discussions on how or if it would hold games in a so-called “bubble.”

“In terms of ‘bubble-like concepts,’ many of them have been proposed to us and we only listened,” Silver said. “We’re not seriously engaged yet in that type of environment.”

Silver has said the NBA will not make any decisions this month on the season. On Friday, Silver added that does not mean he would have clarity by May 1, either. Is there a date, though, that would determine whether the NBA reached an impasse about salvaging a season?

“The answer is no,” Silver said. “We’re just not ready to set a date yet in terms of how long we could wait before we no longer would be able to continue this season. I would just say everything is on the table, including the start of next season.”

Silver talked about these issues and more during Friday’s Board of Governors meeting. He hosted two experts to address two concepts about the health and economic fallout surrounding COVID-19.

Dr. David Ho, an infectious disease specialist at Columbia University, spoke to the league’s owners about the novel coronavirus after advising the league since the COVID-19 outbreak started in China in December. Ho also spent the past 29 years advising the NBA and Magic Johnson after he announced he tested positive for HIV. Silver reported Ho telling the NBA’s owners “there’s still enormous amounts of this virus yet to be learned.”

Bob Iger, the executive chairman of Disney, spoke to the league’s owners about how the company has dealt with its theme parks, theaters and ESPN since the COVID-19 outbreak. When various NBA owners asked Iger about timelines, Silver said that Iger stressed one thing. “It’s about the data, and not the date.”

“We’re looking for a number of new infections to come down,” Silver said. “We’re looking for the availability of testing on a large scale. We’re looking at the path that we’re on for potentially a vaccine, and we’re looking at antivirals.”

Silver said the NBA will adhere to policies that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined. Silver said the NBA is monitoring when or if the Chinese Basketball Association can resume play. Silver also said he has consulted with other professional sports leagues, too.

Silver was among several pro sports commissioners that spoke with President Donald Trump on a conference call two weeks ago to discuss when or if those leagues can fully operate again. The other commissioners included, Gary Bettman (NHL), Don Garber (MLS), Roger Goodell, (NFL), Rob Manfred (MLB), Cathy Engelbert (WNBA) Vince McMahon (WWE), Jay Monahan (PGA Tour), Dana White (UFC), Roger Penske (IndyCar), Michael Whan (LPGA), and Drew Fleming (Breeders Cup). Though Trump has publicly touted the need to reopen businesses, Silver dismissed whether that might compromise the NBA’s vision.

“There’s been nothing said in our discussions on a federal level that are inconsistent with ensuring player health and safety,” Silver said.

Silver plans for the league to have discussions with state governments as well amid their varying efforts to relax shelter-in-place and social distancing provisions. But Silver suggested that won’t apply to the NBA.

“You need a consistent national standard,” Silver said. “That’s one of the things that has been discussed as part of our sports council. It’s about putting aside what that standard is. In order for us to operate as a league and association, there needs to be consistency.”

Because of this reality, the NBA will start withholding 25% of player salaries beginning May 15 “in the event of a permanent cancellation of 2019-20 regular season or playoff games due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the league said in a statement. Silver and other NBA executives have also planned to take paycuts.

“Our revenue in essence has dropped to zero,” said Silver, who noted the NBA has around 55,000 arena workers. “That’s having a huge financial impact on the team business and the arena business.”

Therefore, the NBA would like to resume its season as quickly as it can. But Silver stressed that he and the league’s 30 owners care less about the bottom line and more about everyone’s well-being.

“If they can be part of a movement to restart our economy that includes the NBA, they almost see that as a civic obligation. I think on the other hand, there is no appetite to compromise the well-being of our players,” Silver said. “We’re not at a point yet where we have a clear protocol and clear path forward where we feel that we can sit down with the players and say, ‘This is a way to resume the season.’ Without that, we really haven’t engaged in discussions about whether or not it’s better or worse to begin focusing on next season. I can say that I think all these team owners are in this business because they love the game and they love the competition. I know from my conversation with players, they feel the same way. But when you’re dealing with human life, that trumps anything else we can be possibly talking about.”

The NBA suspended the season on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, Detroit’s Christian Wood, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant and Boston’s Marcus Smart have also tested positive for the coronavirus. There are also three other unnamed Nets players and two unnamed Los Angeles Lakers players that have tested positive. New York Knicks owner James Dolan as well as three unnamed members of the Philadelphia 76ers organization and one member of the Denver Nuggets organization.

“We’re in a different protocol now because players are staying at home and observing the national protocols,” Silver said. “So we’re not testing players that otherwise are asymptomatic. While the numbers are greater than the initial report, for privacy reasons, we are not reporting any other positive tests.”