As of now, the NBA is set to restart on July 30. While much could change between now and them as the novel coronavirus, which initially such down the league in March, is spiking in many states once again.
That’s just one of the many concerns that the side opposing this restart has.
The second notable concern is the racial injustice that has once again come to the forefront of news, creating protests in the vast majority of major cities. Smaller concerns among players such as playing at Disney and living there with the other players has also drawn attention.
Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony are two of the mainstream stars that have noted their concerns over a possible restart.
According to media reports, Kyrie Irving is leading a group of players that does not want the restart to take place. They cite all the among issues as why restarting the league may distract from real-world issues.
Carmelo Anthony, one of the league’s older stars, has made his voice known when he told TNT’s Ernie Johnson, “I’m still up in the air a little bit because I really don’t, we don’t have all the details. We don’t know a lot of information, so until we have that, it’s hard to just commit to that 100%.”
However, there are significant ramifications financially if this restart and ensuing tournament doesn’t go down.
Even with many teams out of the loop and a shorten season (about nine games cut from all team’s schedule and another eight seeing their season end), the postseason television revenue would mean the world to the association.
Some of the biggest stars not only in basketball but in the entire world have “warned” about what may happen if this restart doesn’t work. The league’s salary cap is already expected to take a significant hit this offseason.
That group, led by LeBron James and NBAPA president Chris Paul, are among the many that are pushing for this restart, knowing what these games will mean for the league.