Many are excited to see the NBA move toward resuming its season, but some players do not share that enthusiasm.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, a “faction” of players have privately discussed concerns about resuming the season in an Orlando bubble. Subsequently, part of the agreement between the NBA and NBPA is expected to include provisions that allow players to voluntarily sit out games.
The NBA and NBPA are expected to agree on a provision that wouldn't require players to restart the season, nor subject them to discipline for staying home, sources tell ESPN. The players would lose a portion of salary for those games missed. https://t.co/WkV5qqEmE5— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2020
The NBA and NBPA are nearing completion on items needed to reach a final agreement on parameters of a return-to-play, sources said. Some players with hesitation have been discussing a number of issues on return, including family concerns, COVID-19, social justice, and more.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2020
It’s only logical that some players are worried about playing in a bubble environment. There are concerns about family members, and some NBA players have pre-existing conditions that could make them more vulnerable to the virus.
Sources: If a player has a medical issue that might be cause for him to be excused from the Orlando restart, he would be allowed to undergo an independent examination process. Even if the player was told that he’s fit to play, he could still stay home without consequence.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2020
The NBA is doing all it can to put rules in place to ensure everyone’s safety, but there’s inherent risk in showing up to Orlando. It will be interesting to see which players, if any, opt out of playing with a meaningful NBA playoff on the line.