It has been more than three months since the NBA swiftly decided to suspend the 2019-20 season due to growing concern regarding the coronavirus. Since then, the NBA has remained in line with taking the precautionary route in handling the way to resuming the campaign. The league has moved toward a set schedule to get things back underway next month, which has received some push back from many of its players that have some concerns about their voices being heard the potential health dangers in that situation.
However, there has remained a majority surge in that direction that has seen Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James be at the forefront of continuing the season that he may have deeper reasoning for wanting that.
NBA on pace to resume 2019-20 season
In the last few months, the NBA remained optimistic, hoping that it can resume the 2019-20 season.
It’s something that they had continued to handle with precaution to take appropriate route if the situation lined up. That has resulted in the NBA and the NBPA agreeing to restart the campaign on July 30 with a 22-game format with eight games played in the regular season before the playoffs start all played at the Walt Disney World Resort located in Orlando.
There has been some push back due to the lingering concern over the coronavirus. The NBA has continued to operate with a set structure that includes additional testing before the players report for training camp next month and more strict guidelines. Despite the push back, there have been many players that have come in support of that plan in place, including the Lakers star forward, who may have more profound reasons for wanting to play.
LeBron James’ deeper reasons to continue the 2019-20 season
There has been some push back from players over the last few days that saw Kyrie Irving lead a call over the weekend where players expressed their concerns.
LeBron James wasn’t among those that aired out his feelings about the situation. However, there is a belief that James’ desire to restart the 2019-20 season lies with the impact the chance of winning a championship this season could have on his legacy, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
“LeBron is going to make sure those games [in Orlando] are played, because he knows they could have a huge impact on his legacy,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “He knows picking up one or two more titles is the potential tipping point, and he’s determined to go for it.”
James is still chasing Michael Jordan in the conversation for the greatest player in league history. His case in that argument is significantly impacted by the number of championships that he has to his name, which currently stands at three. If he can add another title, it will put him a step closer to garner a stronger push in that discussion.
NBA will stay on course to restart 2019-20 season
Despite the recent meeting with players airing out their frustrations, it’s hard to envision that the NBA won’t move forward with resuming the 2019-20 season.
There is a significant financial stake involved that will impact the entire league, especially if they don’t move forward with this plan of action. LeBron James will get an opportunity to add to his legacy while the NBA will be one of the first league’s to resume play during this difficult time.
The concerns over the coronavirus are more than warranted, but the league intends to move forward to get back on track in the coming weeks.