Professional basketball might make the unprecedented move of scrapping the rest of the action for the season
The last couple of weeks has been filled with information about major sports leagues preparing a plan to come back to training and resume seasons. However, none of those proposals have included any opinion from players regarding whether they want to complete this year’s season. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA’s player union has been reaching out to players to run a poll to find out the level of interest the players have in finishing up the season.
“National Basketball Players Association regional representatives started texting NBA players today with a ‘yes or no’ question it says will be kept confidential: Do you want to try and play again this season?” Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter. “The union’s trying to gauge broader sentiment of its 400-plus players. Some teams received the question as part of a group text that included the entire roster. One rep asked a team’s players: ‘Do you want to try and play this season, yes or no?’ Another rep worded to a different group: ‘Do you want the season to start again?’”
The NBPA denied being involved in any ‘official’ polls, according to a Twitter post. “The NBPA is not engaging in and has not authorized any formal poll of its players.” This reply has created some controversy regarding where these texts are coming from, but it sounds like the league and the union are joining forces to reach a decision on the matter. “The NBA and NBPA are forming a working group and have a call Tuesday to discuss return-to-play strategies; will include NBPA president Chris Paul and players Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Lowry, Dwight Powell,” said sports reporter Shams Charania.