UPDATE: We’ve got more good news from the NBA. Adam Silver and the Board of Governors are optimistic that basketball will return in 2019-20.
Sources: In discussion with BOG/owners, Silver used the term "campus environment" when referencing what's been called a bubble. Call included significant detail on how other pro sports/leagues -- here and abroad -- are working toward their returns. https://t.co/eVIiZlVxeN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 13, 2020
The NBA has started gauging its players as to whether or not they’d like to finish out the rest of this season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The League is texting some players ‘yes or no’ if they’d like to try and complete the 2019-20 season, which has been put on hold since March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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? The union's trying to gauge broader sentiment of its 400-plus players.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 12, 2020
The NBPA is responsible for the surveys that are apparently being sent to teams and their entire rosters. Woj has heard that a few different questions have been posed to teams and players, including “Do you want the season to start again?”
Sources: 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?" https://t.co/p9XgbVKXOa— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 12, 2020
The NBA is clearly trying to get feedback from the entire League before making any decisions pertaining to a return. Last week, commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference outlining some of the potential plans the NBA could put into effect to help kickstart the regular season again. We could also see the season go right into the postseason, but that would take some more thinking to figure out a fair way to proceed.