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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver noted on Tuesday that the spread of the coronavirus may pose too big a threat for the league to carry out its plans to resume the 2020 season.

With a “second wave” of coronavirus outbreaks befalling the United States, Silver says that their precautions and plans may not be enough to assure that their planned 2020 season is safe, though he is “pretty confident” that they have all their bases covered and will be able to play the season, ESPN reported.

Silver spoke to TIME 100 Talks about the league’s plans to beat the virus for 2020 with a shortened season starting at the end of July at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Silver warned that the virus prevents total surety and it is “Never full steam ahead no matter what.

“One thing we are learning about this virus is much [is] unpredictable, and we and our players together with their union look at the data on a daily basis,” he said. “If there were something to change that was outside of the scope of what we are playing for, certainly we would revisit our plans,” he said.

“We are testing daily. We haven’t put a precise number on it, but if we were to see a large number of cases and see spread in our community, that would of course be a cause to stop as well,” he continued.

Because of that uncertainty, Silver did not really know what might shut down the league’s 2020 plans.

“We are going to see as we go,” Silver insisted. “Certainly if cases are isolated, that’s one thing. A lot of the determination will be our understanding of how our community became infected. That will be part of our judgment in terms of whether we should continue. But certainly if we had a lot of cases, we are going to stop. You cannot run from this virus.”

But he thinks the league’s plans are the best approach.

“I am absolutely convinced that it will be safer on this campus than off this campus because there aren’t many situations that I am aware of where there is mass testing of asymptomatic employees,” Silver added of the NBA’s plan to resume play at Walt Disney World Resort. “In some ways, this is maybe a model for how other industries can ultimately open. But I am only going to say we will be responsible and watch what is happening, but the biggest indicator will be if we begin to see a spread in our community.

“I’m pretty confident, largely because we are playing on a campus that is confined in that the only way to gain access to that campus is to be part of our protocol where there is regular testing,” Silver said. “And if someone were to leave our campus, they would need to test and quarantine in order to return to play. So at least in terms of the model, we are protected from the rate of cases in the broader community.”

However, Silver did admit that the numbers growing in Florida are a bit alarming.

“I’ll say of course when we designed this plan, we were not seeing the kind of increases in cases, frankly not just in Florida and Texas but at least of the last few days, the majority of states in the United States are seeing increases in COVID cases,” he said. “… [But] our model was designed for this. Our model was designed to protect us and our players from the cases in the outside community. Maybe at the time we designed it, we didn’t think it would be as necessary as it is now, but at least we are preparing for it.”

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Lawyer Arthur Aidala details plans for Friars Club re-opening

The Friars Club. Born 1904. The in-house chophouse for four-star showfolk: Sammy Davis, Lucille Ball, Nat “King” Cole, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, Alan King, George M. Cohan. Famous for its yearly celebrity roasts, where if you had nothing nice to say about the Honoree, you sat on the dais.

Those biggies are gone. Also gone is the organization’s arithmetic, which attracted the Feds. Humbled, the place then fumbled, bumbled and crumbled. That was then. This is now. Enter attorney Arthur Aidala (clients like 50 Cent and Harvey Weinstein) saying: “Forget old mistakes. We’re reopening. New guests. New leadership. Floor to ceiling redone clubhouse.”

Me, Madam Adams: Happens I know insurance claims from a flood helped subsidize this multimillion-dollar redo of its East 55th landmarked clubhouse the Monastery.

Aidala: “Floor to ceiling, everything inside’s being totally redone. Even in place of our onetime fried chicken, a nutritionist’s menu will include gluten friendly food. We’ve got decorators, contractors, inlaid wood, Tiffany lamps, burnished banisters, gym, steam room, the old card game room’s now a computer room. Wi-Fi throughout.

“We’re not erasing history. Still the Barbra Streisand Bar and Billy Crystal Room. The Frank Sinatra dining room opens October. Phyllis Diller’s plaque and Joey Adams’ photo still decorate our walls. Larry King remains our Abbot.”

But their membership had become dentists and manufacturers. What now?

“Younger names. We have Jimmy Fallon, YouTubers, maybe we’ll get Tina Fey, Amy Schumer. We’ll have Big Band night. Comedians will try out on Thursday Comedy Night. Young people on network TV at 11 p.m.

Private club Midtown Manhattan. To join, $5,000. What could be more cool?”

So why’s former prosecutor Aidala hustling for the Friars?

“Listen, I came in years ago. It was floundering. I had leadership ability so they put me on the board.”

Mets as good as sold

Steve Cohen. Hedge-fund billionaire. Humming “Take me out to the ballgame …” Forget he’ll buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack — how about the whole damn team?

Cohen already owns 8 percent of the Mets. Guaranteed Grand Slam he’s approved to buy the team. Execs, owners, MLB types, dwarves around the commissioner, big mouths consider anyone else bush-league who’s borrowing, hustling, scraping pennies. This kind of money won’t dent Cohen’s pocket. And he doesn’t do partners.

Pros favor him because he’ll step up to the plate. He’ll buy heavy-duty players like the Yankees. Fans favor him because he can push the team into the World Series.

What I’m telling you is what I know.

Per a mega VIP once: Just one single thing makes you a standout in New York.

And that’s only if you own a sports team.

Stuck inside

How to spend indoor hours? I stayed up all night to read James Patterson’s newies “The Summer House” and his thrilling chilling “1st Case.” So exciting. Better than sex.

E-mail ads must be trying to juice up my nightlife. One arrived offering me a free trial-size package of Viagra.

Beats Southampton Hospital. They once did fund-raisers every 20 minutes. Now they offer to cater food, flowers plus a 10-person sit-down dinner at your home. Give them a decent check, they’ll throw in a bedpan.

A tiny female puppy is brought to a clinic. Vet: “I’ll examine her.” Owner: “Not ‘her.’ The dog is transgender. Refer to this dog as ‘them.’ ” The flummoxed vet: “OK. So I’m taking this little 4-pound them inside to be examined.”

Oy. Only in New York, kids, only in New York!!!

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