Understandably, anyone connected to the NBA wants to get these arenas filled again to finish the 2019-20 season. Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody knows what will happen in the future regarding the coronavirus pandemic, but the NBA does have plans to resume its season.

Appearing on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” reporter Ramona Shelburne said the feeling among NBA owners and players is they want to finish this season rather than scrap it and prepare for next season.

“There’s a general sense among owners and players that they want to salvage the season. If that’s in July, if that’s in August, if that’s in September, so be it. I don’t think anyone wants to start a new season without crowning a champion for this season.”

It’s no surprise that this would be the position of both owners and players.

The league has massive payroll obligations to meet and took out a line of credit for over a half billion dollars. The players are concerned about not being paid and would like the income. And players — think an aging LeBron James — don’t want to lose a year of their playing career without having a shot to win a championship. And of course fans are desperate to have the league back.

There probably is a very small percentage of people who wouldn’t want the season to be resumed.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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James Harden
2017-18 / CLE
LeBron James
2016-17 / HOU
James Harden
2015-16 / SA*
Kawhi Leonard
2014-15 / HOU
James Harden
2013-14 / MIA
LeBron James
2012-13 / OKC
Kevin Durant
2011-12 / OKC
Kevin Durant
2010-11 / ORL*
Dwight Howard
2009-10 / OKC
Kevin Durant
2008-09 / LAL
Kobe Bryant
2007-08 / NOH*
Chris Paul
2006-07 / PHX
Steve Nash
2005-06 / CLE
LeBron James
2004-05 / LA
Shaquille O'Neal
2003-04 / SA
Tim Duncan
2002-03 / MIN
Kevin Garnett
2001-02 / NJ*
Jason Kidd
2000-01 / SA
Tim Duncan
1999-00 / MIN
Kevin Garnett
1998-99 / MIA*
Alonzo Mourning
1997-98 / UTAH
Karl Malone
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Michael Jordan
1995-96 / SA
David Robinson
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Shaquille O'Neal
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