Report: NBPA not doing formal poll of league’s players

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) clarified a report Tuesday about an informal poll asking players whether they want to resume the season.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the NBPA produced a statement saying, “The NBPA is not engaging in and has not authorized any formal poll of its players.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier that NBPA regional representatives were texting players and asking them whether they wanted to resume the season. 

Per Charania, the NBA and NBPA are creating a group to talk Tuesday about different “return-to-play strategies.” That group will include NBPA president Chris Paul, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Dallas Mavericks big man Dwight Powell.

Wojnarowski added to his original report after Charania reported the news from the NBPA. Wojnarowski said NBPA regional representative Tim McCormick told players he was asked by NBPA executive director Michele Roberts to ask the question, “Do you want the season to start again?”

Per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, players such as Paul, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Steph Curry among others expressed their desire to resume the season while on a private conference call Monday.

Though it remains uncertain when or if the season will resume, some players have gotten the opportunity to return to a bit of normalcy. Teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers have reopened their practice facilities, with restrictions slightly scaling back in some pockets of the nation.

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