Opinion: NBA's worst off-court season in recent memory takes another punch with coronavirus

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USA TODAY Sports’ Mark Medina breaks down the latest on how the NBA is dealing with COVID-19.

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Golden State star Steph Curry began a tweet, “2020 ain’t it.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted, “Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. What we really need to cancel is 2020!”

Those sentiments hit too close to home for the NBA.

It has been a difficult and emotional season, especially off the court.

►It started with a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose support of Hong Kong angered China as NBA teams were playing preseason games there. Those seven words sent into cyberspace on Oct. 4 prompted a political and financial debacle for the league.

►Former commissioner David Stern died Jan. 1. During his 30-year tenure, his leadership and business savvy helped turn the NBA into a powerhouse. 

►NBA icon Kobe Bryant, 41, died on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others en route to an AAU game.

►The Knicks continue to be the embarrassment of the league and their biggest fan, Oscar winner Spike Lee, threw up his hands and said he wouldn’t…

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