As the NBA brainstormed how it would resume its suspended season in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the league, its 30 owners and the players union all maintained it would have to follow one uncompromising rule.
All participating players, coaches and staff members would have to get tested daily for COVID-19 before and after entering the NBA’s quarantined campus at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. All parties also determined they would follow these protocols, while remaining sensitive to how it would affect the outside world.
"We’re not taking away from existing testing," said Kathy Behrens, the NBA’s president of social responsibility and player programs. "We know testing needs to happen. Our focus is on what we can do to contribute so that testing is available."
Therefore, the NBA launched a community testing program that it says will provide thousands of COVID-19 PCR tests for free both in Orlando and in the league’s 29 other team markets through August.