Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James stressed Thursday that he is ready to resume the NBA, denying reports that some player agents and officials in the team wanted to cancel the season.
The NBA has suspended competition since March 12, after Utah Jazz Frenchman Rudi Goubert was infected with the “Covid 19” virus.
CNBC report Thursday cited agents of unidentified players and Lakers officials as saying club owners are concerned about their responsibilities for health concerns and the lack of income from playing in empty seats.
However, James denied the report, stressing that he and his Lakers colleagues were ready to end the season when health officials judged the security conditions.
“I have seen reports from officials and agents wanting to cancel the season ??? This is absolutely not true,” James wrote on his Twitter account.
“No one I know says anything like that. Once the situation is secure, we want to end the season. I’m ready and our team is ready. No one should cancel anything.”
There is no doubt that players will need time and opportunity to return to practice and get back in shape before the competition resumes, even if they are in camera and in specific locations.
A spokesperson for the association told CNBC that “it is up to the association to explore all options to resume play this season.”
“We owe it to our fans, clubs, players, partners, and everyone who loves the game. While everyone’s health and safety remain our top priority, we continue to evaluate all the options for ending the season.”
“At the same time, we are strongly focusing on tackling the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020-2021 season,” he said.
And the League has already concluded an agreement with the Players’ Association to reduce the wages of each player by 25%, from May 15.
The League also announced that it will allow players to resume individual exercises at club training headquarters from May 8 in regions where governments allow.