WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NBA superstars discussed the possibility of resuming the 2019-2020 season under strict measures.
- The consensus made by the top NBA superstars with the player’s association president, Chris Paul, is said to be significant with the whole association’s decision making.
- The NBA is yet to make a final decision this June, whether the 2019-2020 season should resume or not.
Sources from NBA told Yahoo Sports that some of the superstars of the NBA initiated a coalition to discuss the resumption of the 2019-20 season through a closed conference call on Monday.
The sources also said the parties conferred about difficulties presented by the coronavirus outbreak. All present agreed to implement appropriate safety measures should the league is approved to recommence.
It was also reported that the president of NBA player’s association, Chris Paul, set up the teleconference with superstars LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Stephen Curry.
The decision of the core group is likely to be highly considered by other players when making a choice should the league starts to deliberate if the season should resume.
ESPN, meanwhile, also reported that the players association representatives started asking the consensus of other players about the recommencement of the NBA season.
The 2019-2020 season has been halted since March 11 due to coronavirus scare in the U.S.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver during a teleconference meeting with players on Friday said that he could not assure their safety if games are held in a city where they would possibly be isolated but guaranteed them the association would do anything necessary to provide the safest settings possible.
Sources remarked that some players did not agree with the condition, especially that a vaccine is still being developed, and would not be available for at least two more years.
The sources added that most players would want to resume the season with the top eight clubs battling under a playoff format instead since essentially, many teams are already eliminated in the postseason.
And for those players already out of the playoff, there are some worries that a canceled season would have a negative effect on the succeeding season.
Commissioner Silver said he’s not yet to make a decision about this season at least until June.