The NBA world was rocked on Wednesday night when it was revealed that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with COVID-19. Within 24 hours of the news, many sporting events have been suspended or canceled while the country tries to figure out the best plan of action. Reports have indicated that the NBA will at least be on hiatus for 30 days, but after that time is up, it’s anyone’s guess what might happen.
Some have suggested that the NBA continue moving forward with the season once the coronavirus suspension in play has passed, but it remains to be seen what they’ll do. Regardless, there are going to be teams that want to finish out the season and the Los Angeles Lakers are among them, according to Lakers insider Brad Turner.
The season may be in flux for the team, but the Lakers players won’t be quarantined for too long, according to ESPN.
It appears it will be up to the players if they’d like to work out with their teammates during this time.
Lakers Have a Lot of Reasons to Want to Finish the Current Season
Obviously, the health and safety of players, personnel and fans is the top priority for the NBA. However, if the season is canceled and the league decides to just start over once the next season is supposed to start, there’s perhaps no team that loses more than the Lakers.
They are a team built around veterans and with LeBron James not getting any younger, a lost year could be tough. The Lakers recently finished up their most impressive weekend in years as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. If they aren’t considered the clear-cut favorite to win the NBA title, they’re definitely up there.
Plus, there’s the Anthony Davis factor. He’s only under contract for this current season. While it seems likely he’ll re-sign with the team in the offseason, there is no guarantee. If the season is canceled and Davis leaves for another team, the Lakers literally traded all of those assets to the New Orleans Pelicans for no reason. The team will need to fight to ensure that this NBA season is finished no matter how long it takes.
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LeBron James Wants to ‘Cancel’ 2020
All this is without mentioning what LeBron James loses if the season is canceled. He showed recently that he should be considered one of the top MVP candidates this season. The superstar made it clear that he would just like to start 2020 over after this latest news, obviously pointing to the serious situation with coronavirus.
2020 hasn’t been great for LeBron or the Lakers. They were struck with tragedy when legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash – something which surely still impacts the players and fanbase.