With ongoing concerns about player safety for the NBA’s resumed season in Orlando, the league has made a major decision. They are not forcing any players on qualified teams to return or play any additional games this season. There will be no punishments given out to anyone who refuses to play, solely a loss of potential salary earned over the coming months. This could certainly effect many teams with players considering not playing, as well as their opponents.
Obviously, I do not expect any stars on contending teams to not show up, but there may be some important players who choose their safety over concluding this season. Damian Lillard originally said he would not play if the league chose a format just like the one they decided on, so he is one player to certainly watch for over the next few weeks.
Clearly, the league made the right call here. These are unprecedented times and you can not expect every player to put them and their family at risk to finish this season, no matter their importance to their team or their team’s position in the standings. Us NBA fans can only hope we get to see all the big stars in Orlando for a conclusion to this season, which should be one of the most exciting in years.