The NBA, in collaboration with the Knicks, the Nets and China's consul general, Huang Ping, is contributing 1 million surgical masks to help New York workers fight the coronavirus.
New York has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19), with more than 3,500 deaths and the number of recorded cases exceeding 113,000.
"New York thanks you. We are beyond grateful for this gift of critically needed PPE (personal protective equipment)," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote Saturday on Twitter.
NEW: The @NBA is contributing 1 million desperately needed surgical masks for New York's essential workers in collaboration with @nyknicks, @BrooklynNets and China's Consul General Huang Ping.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 4, 2020
New York thanks you.
We are beyond grateful for this gift of critically needed PPE.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11 because of the pandemic.
President Donald Trump said Saturday he was unsure when sports would resume in the U.S., but he said he thinks it will be "sooner rather than later." Trump conducted a conference call earlier in the day with the commissioners of the major U.S. pro sports leagues and other sports executives.