The status of the 2019-20 NBA season has been a matter of increasing concern as the U.S. prepares to re-open across the nation.
Is it safe for the NBA to return (even without the fans)? Do the stars even want to return?
The answer to both seems to a resounding affirmative, at least according to the conference call held by the NBA’s most prestigious superstars.
Here are the details, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports:
Some of the NBA’s biggest superstars formed a united front to resume the 2019-20 season during a private conference call Monday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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, sources said.
Chris Paul, the president of the players association, arranged the call that included LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Russell Westbrook, sources said.
The group’s decision is expected to hold significant weight in the decision-making process for the rest of the league’s players when it’s time to deliberate on whether to restart the season.
Yahoo Sources: NBA superstars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry held private conference call on Monday and established united front in favor of resuming season. https://t.co/FZJfgP6WDu pic.twitter.com/6AZOWe0AXo
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 12, 2020
With approval from the players, it’s another major step towards a return to NBA action. On that front, a number of propositions have been made — including playing in an arena in a neutral in Las Vegas and playing with only essential personnel in attendance.
Needless to say, it’s an exciting time — and kudos to the players for wanting to finish out their season in spite of everything that has been going on.