Report: LeBron James, other NBA superstars hold private call on being in favor of resuming season

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Jan 18, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

News continues to slowly trickle out of the NBA world on the different basketball parties’ opinions on the 2019-20 season coming back. At the end of the day, everyone involved with the NBA wishes that the season was still going on and they wish we could go back to that, but at this point it’s about doing it the smartest and safest way for everyone involved. Last Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated that he couldn’t guarantee the safety of the players if play resumed in a city where they would be quarantined. This apparently didn’t go over well with players like Chris Paul, LeBron James, or Giannis Antetokounmpo, who all reportedly spoke on the issue of Silver not being able to guarantee their safety (reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports).

Toward the end of the call discussing the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, all parties were in agreement to take the court with proper safety measures once the league is given the green light to commence, sources said. Chris Paul, the president of the players association, arranged the call that included LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, sources said.

In a conference with players on Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated that he couldn’t guarantee the safety of the players if play resumed in a city where they would be quarantined, but assured them the league would do everything in its power to make the safest conditions possible, sources said.

That didn’t sit well with some players, sources said, with a vaccine not expected to be available for a year or two.

The call obviously included the top of the top of NBA superstars, who ultimately have the most sway over most (if not all) NBA decisions. It’s interesting that the report about Silver’s words not sitting well with players was combined with the report of this call, seemingly indicated that Paul, LeBron, Giannis, and the others may be part of the group upset about Silver’s reluctance to guarantee their safety.

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