Video: LeBron James delivers powerful message about sports returning amid COVID-19
No matter what we’re up against, we are never too far down to come back. #YouCantStopUs
— Nike (@Nike) May 23, 2020
The NBA was the first sports league to shut play down because of COVID-19. Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus and commissioner Adam Silver immediately suspended the season.
NBA owners are hopeful of resuming the 2019-20 season in the summer at Walt Disney World. The NBA has entered “exploratory conversations” with Walt Disney Company over possibly continuing its season in late July:
“The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” said NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass.
LeBron James and the Lakers are hoping games resume. The King was playing at an MVP level before games were suspended and had the Lakers atop the Western Conference standings.
In 60 games for the Lakers in 2019-20, James was averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 10.6 assists. The three-time champion and four-time MVP was also shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Behind the stellar play of LeBron and Anthony Davis, the Lakers were 49-14 and 5.5 games ahead of the L.A. Clippers in the West standings prior to games getting suspended.