The King has issued his decree.
LeBron James has made it known that he wants no part of talk about canceling the 2019-2020 NBA season, making it known in a tweet sent out Thursday.
Saw some reports about execs and agents wanting to cancel season??? That’s absolutely not true. Nobody I know saying anything like that. As soon as it’s safe we would like to finish our season. I’m ready and our team is ready. Nobody should be canceling anything.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 30, 2020
"Saw some reports about execs and agents wanting to cancel season??? That's absolutely not true," the tweet reads. "Nobody I know saying anything like that. As soon as it's safe we would like to finish our season. I'm ready and our team is ready. Nobody should be canceling anything."
In March, the NBA became the first American pro sports league to suspend its season because of the coronavirus pandemic that has stretched across the country. Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was the first of several NBA players who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In recent weeks there's been some movement on the NBA's side to get the ball rolling on a resumption of the season. The league first announced that players would be allowed to return to team practice facilities in towns and cities where coronavirus lockdown and stay-at-home orders were more lax. There was also a report issued by The Athletic's Shams Charania that a potential NBA season could resume in Orlando, Fla., with Disney World playing host to the remainder of the season.
Las Vegas has also been a rumored location for a potential restart.
In all likelihood, should the NBA season resume, logic dictates that there will likely be some kind of amended playoff structure as opposed to the traditional 16-team format.
No matter how you slice it, the 49-14 Lakers would be at the top in the Western Conference, LeBron's second year in LA and his first alongside fellow superstar Anthony Davis.