The NBA’s biggest game of the year has been postponed until January after a series of mishaps that have forced the league to rework the schedule and delay games in many of its home markets.
A series of major incidents over the past two weeks have put a spotlight on the NBA’s lack of safety on and off the court, as well as the league’s own poor record of communication and safety measures.
The NBA announced the postponement of all games scheduled for January 12-15, including the New York Knicks’ matchup against the Boston Celtics on Friday.
The league’s schedule, which will include three games in the first round of the playoffs, has been pushed back to Jan. 13.
In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver called the issues that caused the postponements a “massive, massive undertaking”.
“They had a very high standard of safety in their stadiums and in their arenas,” he said.
“I think it’s time to get back to what the NBA was about, what the league was meant to be, and get back on the court.”
He also called on the league not to repeat its mistakes of the past.
“It’s very difficult to take that step of moving back because you’re going to repeat the mistakes you made in the past,” he told ABC News.
Silver said he will ask for further clarity from the league about the issue of safety at home games and other major events.
“We are still in the process of making sure that there are no more incidents of this nature in the future,” he added.
The NBA had originally announced it would host a series against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, which was to be played at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
“We want to make sure that the Bulls can go out there and get a win,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on ABC News Sunday.
Meanwhile, the NBA has also announced a delay in the NBA All-Star Game to Feb. 7 from Feb. 16-18, to avoid another delay of games.
ABC News’ James Palmer contributed to this report.