NBA players association representatives are beginning to poll players as to whether they would want to try to finish out the season that was paused due to coronavirus.
The yes-or-no text-message responses are being kept confidential by the union, according to ESPN, which reported the development Tuesday.
It comes days after commissioner Adam Silver spoke with players and association brass during a conference call, in which he indicated a decision to restart the season might not come until June.
Silver in the call said the NBA would likely finish out the season in one or two locations, possibly Las Vegas or Orlando, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
But there still are plenty of hurdles to overcome, as MLB is seeing now in its accelerated bid to start its 2020 season.
Obstacles for the NBA likely include being able to obtain coronavirus tests for players and other essential team employees, even as the United States has struggled to meet demands for testing, as well as working out a plan to help offset the major financial losses so far.
Players already have agreed to a 25 percent reduction in their salaries, that will kick in beginning with their May 15 paychecks. The funds will be held in escrow until the league determines how many games are ultimately lost.
Multiple ideas are being discussed for how the league would resume, one of which includes an expanded playoffs and a play-in tournament for teams that were mathematically still in the playoff hunt (including the 21-45 Knicks), as reported by The Post’s Marc Berman.
The NBA did take a big step toward a potential return last week when it allowed for teams in cities that have loosened social distancing restrictions to open their team facilities. It provided a glimpse into what could be the NBA’s new normal: temperature checks at doors, coaches wearing latex gloves and disinfectants everywhere, as members of the Cavaliers chronicled over the weekend. Cleveland star Kevin Love called it “weird.”
While the NBA continues to work out plans to resume their seasons, MLB held virtual meetings on Tuesday with its union to go over an owner-approved proposal to begin its season in July. Several baseball players have spoken out for and against the proposal, with some worried about the health risks involved.
The NBA season was suspended on March 12 after the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert contracted the illness. He has since recovered, along with a handful of other players who tested positive for the virus.