As the coronavirus pandemic rages on across the country, the NBA, and other sports leagues, are still waiting for any information that could provide a glimmer of hope for a return to action. Right now, the NBA isn't making any decisions on whether or not to cancel the season, and every day a.
Amidst this, though, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban remains optimistic that the league can resume play.
"Once we can determine that we can keep the players and all the important personnel required to put on a game, then we'll certainly look at all the options," Cuban said via CNN. "I'm cautiously optimistic we'll be able to finish a season for television, I don't expect that we'll have fans."
Even Cuban, though, who in the past has tried to NBA is still in the same position it was when it announced a hiatus almost two months ago, with no new information on when, or if this season can be salvaged., is more conservative with his words and is careful in not putting a timeframe on when we'll see live basketball games again. For now, the
With no firm outline for where the NBA goes from here, some team executives and player agents are reportedly growing wary of this waiting game.
According to CNBC's Jabari Young, a number of team owners around the league are worried about liability issues that may come with restarting the season under unsafe conditions. The NBA already announced that teams can reopen practice facilities starting May 8 in cities and states where social distancing guidelines have relaxed. However, an that the team won't be considering that possibility even after the governor of Georgia announced the re-opening of the state's economy.
In addition to the liability issues that restarting the season could cause, Young reports that owners are concerned about the financial impact of resuming play. The NBA is already set to lose billions of dollars due to the missed games that have already been affected, and while playing some games would generate revenue, team executives aren't sure if the incoming revenue outweighs the cost it would require to resume play. Player agents have also reportedly privately lobbied for the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, questioning why Adam Silver continues to prolong the inevitable of a likely canceled season. One prominent player in the NBA, though, is refuting that.
LeBron James took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to dispel the reports that anyone wants the season to be canceled. The tweet read:
"Saw some reports about execs and agents wanting to cancel the season? That's absolutely not true. Nobody I know saying anything like that. As soon as it's safe we would like to finish our season. I'm ready and our team is ready. Nobody should be canceling anything."
James' sentiment of wanting to finish out the season is shared with many players across the league. However, with the lack of information the NBA is dealing with right now, there's just no way of telling when the season can safely resume. Silver and the league, though, are comfortable waiting as long as possible to resume play, even if it means.