On the surface, the sport is non contact, it’s played outside over vast spaces and it had the benefit of time, as it was able to delay its season to give it ample time to come up with a plan for some kind of altered and shortened season.
“I think we would play some games to get it going again and create the interest,” Fertitta said, via the Washington Post, “Then go right into the playoffs. I think it would be great for America. We’re all missing sports. Everyone wants to see these great NBA teams.”
It would, in theory, be easier to have fewer teams returning, even in an expanded playoff format, like the on the NHL is toiling with. Not just the owners, sound like they want to have a regular season as well:
The Los Angeles Lakers star, speaking on the Uninterrupted platform’s “WRTS: After Party” show that was released Monday, said it remains his wish that the season comes back “Sooner than later.” The NBA suspended the season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and two unidentified members of the Lakers were among the league’s players who subsequently tested positive for the virus. “Not only myself and my teammates, the Lakers organization, we want to play. There’s a lot of players that I know personally that want to play. And obviously, we don’t ever want to jeopardize the health of any of our players or any of the players’ families and so on and so on.”
James was among a group of some of the league’s highest-paid players who met last week to talk about the season.