LeBron James is here to set the record straight. While many have speculated the NBA will not resume its 2019-20 season (Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted to already being in “offseason mode”), the Los Angeles Lakers forward claims otherwise. King James took to Twitter Thursday, expressing to his 46 million followers that reports of agents and league executives wanting to throw in the towel are “absolutely not true.”
Aside from the league’s aborted plan to reopen facilities on May 1 (that date has since been pushed back to May 8, at the earliest), there hasn’t been much movement on the hoops front with commissioner Adam Silver still weighing all the league’s options amid one of the deadliest outbreaks in recent memory. While the NBA’s return—and the logistics surrounding it—have yet to be determined, LeBron and others remain confident the league will be back up and running in the near future. Confining games to a single location and playing without fans have both been suggested as potential workarounds with much of the country still in quarantine.
The rampant spread of coronavirus has had a staggering effect, with 62,535 confirmed casualties in the U.S. alone (easily the most of any country). The NBA has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 with Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Marcus Smart among players diagnosed with the virus, though luckily all have since recovered. Timberwolves All-Star Karl Anthony-Towns also lost his mother to the illness earlier this month.
James said he and his teammates are “ready” for the league to come back, though realistically, it would likely take 3-4 weeks for players to get back into game shape, further complicating the NBA’s path to a return this season.