Whether the NBA season resumes remains uncertain, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting the league and other social and entertainment functions on pause.
As the league works to return, some teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz among others, have reopened their practice facilities. Now, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is looking to see what players are thinking about the season’s potential return.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBPA regional representatives are texting players and asking them whether they want to resume the season. The responses will be confidential.
Per Wojnarowski, some teams got the text in a group chat. with one variation of the question being, “Do you want to try and play this season, yes or no?” Another variation of the question was worded, “Do you want the season to start again?”
Following Wojnarowski’s report, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the NBPA was not doing a formal poll of its players. Wojnarowski added to his original report, saying that 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?”
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant tweeted shortly after Tuesday’s report that he wants to play again this season. Along with Morant, Los Angeles Lakers veteran Jared Dudley also voiced his opinion on the subject.
On Friday, Adam Silver said on his conference call with players that a decision on the season could wait until June, per Wojnarowski.
After a report surfaced that some NBA executives and agents wanted to cancel the season, LeBron James tweeted he hadn’t heard anything about some wanting the season to be canceled.
With the season being suspended in March, contending teams were gearing up for playoff runs. The Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks were considered the top squads. Once everything is safe, it’d be hard to imagine any players not wanting to continue the season.