Even through distressing times, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association has maintained her sharp, honest tongue.

So as Michele Roberts, 64, has informed players daily about the coronavirus pandemic, she admitted to USA TODAY Sports in an interview Tuesday that she recently told a player, "I will die before you do honey."

It sparked a laugh from the player during a sobering time.

Less than a week after the NBA suspended its season, Roberts has maintained optimism the league will resume play this summer. Yet, she already has prepped players about the financial consequences.

Roberts said she believed more players would get COVID-19. Utah’s Rudy Gobert, teammate Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood tested positive last week. News broke after this interview that four Brooklyn Nets tested positive for the coronavirus, and Kevin Durant confirmed to The Athletic he is among them.