NBA Stars Reportedly Form United Front Aimed Toward Resuming Season
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes is reporting that multiple NBA stars joined a conference call today in order to establish a unified front regarding their desired resumption of the NBA season:
Also – according to Hayes – toward the end of the call discussing the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, all parties were in agreement to take the court with proper safety measures once the league is given the green light to commence. ESPN reported that players association reps began informally polling players about resuming the season.
The season has been suspended since March 11.
In a conference call with players on Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated that he couldn’t guarantee the safety of the players if play resumed in a city where they would be quarantined, but assured them the league would do everything in its power to make the safest conditions possible, sources said.
Apparently some players didn’t like that, with a vaccine still potentially years away. And of course, a lot of it comes down to money:
The majority of players who are essentially eliminated from postseason contention would rather the league start back up with the top eight teams in each conference competing in some sort of playoff, sources said.
For some players out of the playoff picture, there’s concern a canceled season could negatively affect the next CBA, sources said.
More to come on this story as it unfolds.