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RUMOR: Lakers players come away with impression that NBA owners want to finish season


Los Angeles Lakers players reportedly came away from a conference call with general manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Frank Vogel that NBA owners want to finish the 2019-20 regular season and postseason, even if it goes as far late as June, July or August, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

The NBA will be suspended for at least 30 days after Utah Jazz All-Stars’ Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference. One would surmise the players and ownership want the season to start back up again even if it’s incredibly late in the year since the team has a really good shot of winning the championship in a wide-open field.

Led by superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers are on top of the conference with a 49-14 slate. James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists on the season, while Davis is putting up 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

The NBA will use the hiatus to determine the next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus outbreak. Every player in the league will probably be getting tested for the coronavirus, even if they didn’t play the Jazz recently.

2020 has been tough for the Lakers. Although the team has been winning games, the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi hit the players and franchise very hard. Now, the suspension of the season is just the latest bad turn of the 2019-20 NBA season.