A number of NBA players are disappointed that everyone wasn’t given the opportunity to vote on whether to restart the 2019-20 season.
The National Basketball Players Association executive committee and its board of representatives approved the league’s 22-team, return-to-play format last week.
The event will be held at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, in late July.
The NBA moving to a quarantined campus during this pandemic was already viewed as hazardous to a lot of players, as well as other players believing that the league is merely trying to ease the league’s economic burden.
Carmelo Anthony, as well as other players, have expressed their views on not receiving enough feedback and information on how the league will actually make facilities safe.
Due to this lack of information, Anthony is hesitant to say if he will play or not.
Ernie Johnson invited Carmelo Anthony to his Twitter show #NBATogether to discuss how he felt about the return of the NBA, and why he is still up in the air.
As far as actually playing … I’m still up in the air a little bit because we don’t have all the details. We don’t know a lot of information, so until we have that, it’s kind of hard to just commit to it 100 percent
It seems to be a much larger communication problem with the NBA as a whole.
The NBPA Board of Representatives’ obligation is to communicate with each individual on their respective teams to provide updates and make sure every player’s voice is heard.
It would be especially important now since the NBA is making its way back very soon.
With over 450 players in the NBA, it can’t be difficult to hear each and everyone one of them or even get a vote as quickly as possible.
This is something the NBPA could look into improving in the future.
If Anthony and other players decide to not play, some may not see payment when the NBA returns.
Are some players happy the NBA is coming back? Yes. But that does not mean it was planned out the best way.
This could be a lesson for all parties if anything like this happens again.