With Adam Silver and the NBA still coming up with a decision in the hiatus, both the NBA players and team owners want the 2019-20 season to be concluded once everything falls back into place in the league.
A report published the players and owners’ desire to salvage the season no matter what. ‘If that’s in July, if that’s in August, if that’s in September, so be it’, reporter Ramona Shelburne explains the eagerness of both players and owners.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised an eight-week halt to events wherein 50 people or more are present in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. This move has also effectively ruled out the return of the league before the middle of May.
Another report mentioned that the team owners are ready for the chance that the 2019-20 season will come back in the middle to the later weeks of June as their best-case scenario. There have been various plans that the league are looking into such as playing games in empty arenas and extending the playoffs into August.
No matter what the league decide on what to do after the hiatus, there’s no denying that the length of their hiatus will create a domino effect for the 2020-21 season.
It has been reported that there is a lobby group in NBA who are pushing for a change in the league schedule where free agency will start in September and the regular season will then kick off on Christmas Day.
It was on March 11 when the NBA suspended the rest of the season due to ongoing fears from the COVID-19 pandemic. Beforehand, there have been talks in the league that games are to be played without the fans. However, the positive test result of Rudy Gobert instigated the league to hold off the season altogether.
The NBA is now at risk of experiencing logistical repercussions in the long run due to the current situation especially the stakeholders are all for the conclusion of this year’s season in order to properly crown a champion.