Recently, some NBA players expressed their desire to play if the conditions are right. According to an undisclosed source familiar with the results of a poll recently conducted by The NBA, it was gathered that there would be support from the players for any plans made regarding the safe resumption of the current NBA season amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The poll unofficially conducted by The National Basketball Association gave a hint that the NBA players would like to see the resumption of the regular season and they also want to be part of the playoffs. It was also stated by the anonymous source that the precise outcome of the poll was unknown and the approach employed uncertain.
On Tuesday, May 13, 2020, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reportedly said that: “Oklahoma City Thunder Guard, Chris Paul, President of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), held a private call with the league’s superstars regarding the restart of the league, and it was gathered that some players expressed their desire to resume the season at some point in the conversation.”
Chris Hayne also said that: “Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Russell Westbrook were all part of the conversation, and all participants of the call agreed to take to the court if the conditions are right.”
Last Tuesday, The NBPA also sent a memo to its agents discussing the outcomes of the unofficial poll, and a few details from the conversation between the union, its membership and NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, was included in the memo. In the call, Silver pointed out the possibility of resuming without the fans in attendance, and the likelihood of playing all games at a centralized location.
At the moment, there are numerous obstacles to overcome to get the games started, also there is a need for players and staff to be tested when play resumes.
The NBA suspended its current season on March 11, 2020 with 259 regular-season games left.