The current NBA season was interrupted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the governing council approved a format for the resumption of the tournament, with 22 teams participating in eight games of the regular season to determine the seeding of the playoffs. It is expected that all matches of the current NBA season should be held in Orlando in the Disney sports complex.
According to sources, from 40 to 50 basketball players have discussed the reluctance to play Orlando over the past 24 hours. They care about holding matches without spectators, the inability to leave the Disney training base, family circumstances, the coronavirus pandemic, and the political situation in the country – all this, as noted, can affect the competitive spirit of basketball players. However, none of them has yet applied to the players’ union with an official statement about their unwillingness to participate in the restart.
According to ESPN, the NBA will allow players who have health problems not to take part in the restart of the season. In addition, other basketball players may also refuse to participate in the remaining eight matches of the “regular season”, but in this case, they will not be paid salaries. It is noted that players who do not want to end the season in Orlando can be replaced by clubs with other basketball players, however, those who refuse will no longer be able to take part in the 2019/20 season.