Seven NBA players have already tested positive for the coronavirus, but that could be the tip of the iceberg.
"A whole lot of us are going to test positive. Even if we aren't positive, we got the virus. I don't intend to disclose identities because there's a stigma attached to that. But I certainly know there will be more players, more league staff and my own staff [that will be tested positive]. I was hearing the numbers that 40 to 50 percent of our population will be positive for the virus, whether or not we test for it."
As of Tuesday, more than 180,000 people around the world have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 7,500 have died, per the World Health Organization. There have been more than 3,500 confirmed cases in the United States.
Among those are several NBA players, including Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. The league quickly suspended the season following news of Gobert's positive test, and other major sports leagues followed shortly thereafter.
The Brooklyn Nets confirmed Tuesday that four of their players have also tested positive for the coronavirus, with one experiencing symptoms, per Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press. Kevin Durant was one of the three who were asymptomatic.
Despite the growing number of cases, Roberts has remained positive about the player's conditions.
"The more I learned about the likelihood of fatalities among all of us given our ages and pre-existing conditions, I have learned to embrace the probability that many of our players will be positive for the virus," she said. "But the goods news is the odds are they will be fine."
The league initially suspended operations for at least 30 days, but the extent to which the virus spreads could lead to a longer absence.