Instead, with the league closed for more than seven weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, LeBron must respond to reports that some executives and agents believe the NBA season should be canceled.
The triple NBA champion tweeted Thursday that the information was “absolutely not true” and “no one should cancel anything”.
Rumors have been around since when and if the 2019-20 season would resume. But Commissioner Adam Silver has always argued that it is too early to speculate on when the league could resume.
LeBron has spoken out several times about the future of the league in the past seven weeks. When it started, the NBA superstar laughed at the idea of playing games without fans.
James revised his position several days later, saying he would if it was in the best interest of the league. In early April James told reporters: “I don’t think I will be able to close if we don’t have the opportunity to finish this season.”
LeBron’s motivation for continuing the season may seem obvious. The Lakers had a 49-14 record, the best of the NBA’s overcrowded Western conference, when the season was interrupted.
They have won 13 of their last 16 games since February 1 when the partnership between LeBron and Anthony Davis, which they acquired in the offseason, was in full swing.
But the Lakers revival was just one of the many scenarios in one of the league’s most anticipated seasons for years.
The other L.A. team, the Clippers, was led by new stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. James Harden and Russell Westbrook proved to be a dynamic duo in Houston, and Jimmy Butler rode the Miami Heat in the East to challenge Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the best league record, 53-12, when the season ended.
“LeBron is consistent with what Adam Silver is trying to do,” Pagliuca told Erin Burnett of CNN. “He is watching the data every day. And they hope to recover the season, but the key issue is that it will be safe for players and fans? If possible, the season will continue. Otherwise, Adam will be patient and wait . “
He told CNN Poppy Harlow on Thursday that he was “cautiously optimistic, we can finish the season,” but without fans in the stands.