LeBron James Shuts Down Reports of NBA Canceling Rest Of Season: Nobody Should Be Canceling Anything
As the NBA continues its hiatus, now into week seven in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is shutting down chatter on the entire NBA season being in jeopardy. On Thursday (April 30th), the former NBA MVP took to Twitter to address false reports regarding NBA executives and agents wanting to forgo the remainder of the NBA season. LeBron James writes,
“Saw some reports about execs and agents wanting to cancel season??? That’s absolutely not true.”
Several NBA players, including Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, have been diagnosed with the deadly virus but have reportedly recovered as reported in early April. In his tweet, LeBron James adds he’s ready to move forward with the season,
“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.”
In a recent interview, LeBron James spoke on how he would react to the 2019-20 season being abandoned for good because of the coronavirus. He tells ESPN,
“I believe once [the pandemic is] under control and they allow us to resume some type of activity, I would love to get the season back going. I feel like we’re in a position where we can get back and start to compete for a championship, get back to doing what we love to do, making our Laker faithful proud of us, of being back on the floor. And if it’s in one single, isolated destination … if it’s Las Vegas or somewhere else that can hold us and keep us in the best possible chance to be safe — not only on the floor, but also off the floor, as well — then those conversations will be had. Just figuring out a way.”
As reported, the NBA is planning to reopen selected team practice facilities beginning on Friday (May 1st), for states that are loosening stay-at-home restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, areas effected more severely by the ongoing health crisis will continue to follow regulations and reportedly remain in place.
Two NBA franchises are expected to reopen their facilities for players to volunteer including the Atlanta Hawks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
For Georgia, more than 20,000 individual coronavirus cases have been confirmed with just under 1,000 deaths. As far as Oklahoma, over 3,000 cases have been confirmed with no more than 200 deaths from the virus.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver still isn’t sure when an official date will be agreed upon to make their return. Silver says earlier this month,
“We are not in a position to make any decisions, and it’s unclear when we will be.”
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