The NBA is embarking on one of its most ambitious projects ever by resuming the 2019-20 season amidst a global pandemic.
However, not everyone around the league is sold on the bold initiative. One executive believes the resumption is all about money, per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
“It’s about money, clearly,” one Western Conference executive said. “I’m just curious to see what practices they use if multiple people get it. At what point do they shut it down?”
In March, NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended the 2019-20 season after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert contracted the novel coronavirus.
In the days following the unprecedented decision, the league saw several more players test positive for the virus. The list included some of the NBA’s best players, including Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.
Yet, after months of creative thinking and calculated strategy, the league is set to restart the 2019-20 campaign in late July in Orlando, Fla.
The financial ramifications of not finishing out the season would cost the NBA billions of dollars.
The Milwaukee Bucks hold the top seed in the league, while the Los Angeles Lakers have the second-best record in the association.