NBA players’ key demand for restart of season, via Lakers’ Jared Dudley
The NBA players have made their demands for the resumption of the 2019-20 season known to commissioner Adam Silver, according to Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley.
While a plethora of options have been explored in hopes to bring basketball back to the fans and salvage some of that much-needed revenue, Dudley noted there will be conditions the league needs to meet to get the nod from the players:
Players have relayed the message that we need a min of 5 games to get ready for the season.. Will see what the NBA comes up with but, Adam Silver is a smart man he’s not goin to just throw us out there… https://t.co/Al4HTtnEXY
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 26, 2020
Thus far, the players seem to be getting what they’ve asked for.
A previous proposal, which would reduce the season to 70 games, reportedly would include three weeks of practice for all teams at their respective team facility before completing the remaining regular-season games and then moving to the postseason. Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie had hinted at a potential June 21 start of training camp, exactly three weeks before a proposed July 15 restart to the season. There has also been discussion of going a little over 70 games, with 72 games being a possibility, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Another proposal brings a very different approach: a 20-team World Cup-style group stage elimination that would see four groups of five, with two coming out of each group after playing each team in its group twice. The second round would then resume as usual in a seven-game series.
All options are still up in the air, but players have made it known that they will need time similar to an October preseason to get ready to play after a three-plus-month layoff.
The NBA and NBPA need to be in full accordance before proceeding, making it imperative to collaborate and help reduce the potential for coronavirus infections, as well as injuries.