As reported today by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the National Basketball Players Association reached out to union members to discover where they stand on finishing the 2019-20 NBA season.
National Basketball Players Association regional representatives started texting NBA players today with a 'yes or no' question it says will be kept confidential: Do you want to try and play again this season? The union's trying to gauge broader sentiment of its 400-plus players.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 12, 2020
As some states begin a gradual reopening, there are plenty of things to consider in making any call on returning to action. Obviously, ensuring safety for players, coaches, officials, team staffs, etc. would be of paramount importance. Still, it’s hard to believe that the NBA population, a group of individuals who have reached the professional level in part due to their intense competitive drive, would not vote to try and finish the season in some capacity, if circumstances safely allow.
Regardless, as Woj reported, a Friday conference call revealed that the league is in no rush to reach a decision:
“Silver told players that no decision needed to be made in the month of May, and that a one- or two-site setup for teams was among the most likely of scenarios — possibly in Orlando or Las Vegas, according to audio of the call reviewed by ESPN.”
Maybe it’s because I just watched the episode of The Last Dance where they showed all the NBA players playing pickup in the “Jordan Dome” that was built for Michael to train in while he filmed Space Jam, or it’s only that I’m starved for basketball’s return, but the league finishing its season all together at one site seems like it would be incredible. I know it would be tough for the players and everyone else involved to be away from their families for a prolonged period of time, but let’s hope there’s a way the league can put something together down the road and safely complete the 2019-20 season.
Stay safe, everyone. And if you want to experience all the feels, check out the video the Sixers released this morning with adorable kids talking about the players they miss watching play.