Although the 2019-20 NBA season is slated to return, there are growing reservations from numerous players about reporting to the Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida.
The NBA has been in constant communication with government officials and health professionals on putting together a comprehensive guideline on what health and safety measures are to be implemented. Testing methods and quarantine protocol on-site have yet to be determined.
It appears the league is doing its best to account for every possible event that could occur once the plan is set in motion. An unnamed source likened it all to a visit to a casino online. You never know what might happen.
Despite the league’s efforts to make a return as safe and smooth as possible. Still, the players are still understandably wary about resuming a season that was partially lost due to an ongoing pandemic. Particularly since we still don’t know much about the disease or how it’s spread.
Long Odds, High Risk
The 22-team format that is being used for the return seems fine on paper. Except there are teams like the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards who have little to no chance of catching the eight seeds in their respective conferences. These teams and players may deem playing an unnecessarily high risk.
Even players from teams who are set to make the postseason are voicing their concerns over the restart. Kyrie Irving organized a large conference call so that players could voice their concerns with the season’s return. Topics included COVID-19 as well as the growing unrest from social injustice.
Facts! What time is this zoom call today! I’m on it! https://t.co/5IDd1mKRv6
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) June 12, 2020
No Plans To End Progress
So far, there are no plans to put the regular season’s return on hold, but there is growing uncertainty as to how many players are going to actually report. Avery Bradley is said to have been a strong presence on the call organized by Kyrie Irving, and Dwight Howard publicly explained his stance the season should be canceled.
For the Lakers, a resumption in games would mean they get a chance to compete for the 2020 NBA championship. This is something they have repeatedly said is the goal this year. LeBron James and Anthony Davis participated in an earlier conference call with the league to announce they and their superstar counterparts were in favor of a restart, and that is still the plan.