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Lebron: 'Nobody I Know Wants to Cancel Season', NHL Eyes Mid-May for Practice

Written by:
Ean Lamb
Published on:
Apr/30/2020

It's still not known when the NBA season is set to restart, or if it actually will.  LA Lakers star Lebron James believes everyone in the league wants a reboot.


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"As soon as it's safe we would like to finish our season," read part of a tweet James posted Thursday in response to speculation that some in league circles are divided about the goal of resuming play. "I'm ready and our team is ready. Nobody should be canceling anything."

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has spoken on the possible resumption of play a number of times during the NBA hiatus, was among the front-office executives to address a potential return Thursday, telling CNN that he was "cautiously optimistic we'll be able to finish the season" but that he expected fans not to be in attendance for games. Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and San Antonio Spurs CEO R.C. Buford also expressed hopes that the NBA would resume at some point.

Buford was among the NBA team presidents on a call Thursday, where they emerged with beliefs that there are still ways to resume the season.

"Every intention is to return to play and try to create the best environment we can for the league and for the fans," Buford said after the call. "And we're all on board for that."

The NHL released a statement regarding the potential for resuming this year's season:

Despite numerous reports and speculation over the last several days, the NHL and the NHLPA have not made any decisions or set a timeline for possible return to play scenarios.

Given recent developments in some NHL Clubs’ local communities, we are now looking ahead to a Phase 2 of the transition period that would follow the currently recommended Phase 1 period of “self-quarantine” by Players and Hockey Staff.

The precise date of transition to Phase 2, during which Players might return to small group activities in NHL Club training facilities, remains undetermined. However, provided that conditions continue to trend favorably – and, subject to potential competitive concerns as between disparately situated markets – we believe we may be able to move to Phase 2 at some point in the mid-to-later portion of May. Specific guidelines governing Player and Hockey Staff activity would be provided at that time. In the meantime, we expect Players and Hockey Staff to continue to adhere to the recommended guidelines put in place when the season was paused on March 12.

The Return to Play Committee will continue to meet regularly.

NHL Commissioner Gary Betman said that starting the 2020-21 season as late as December is on the table as the league considers all options for finishing this season and beginning the following one.

"We have a great deal of flexibility in terms of when we can start," Bettman said in an interview with NHL Network on Thursday. "There's no magic for next season of starting in October as we traditionally do. If we have to start in November or December, that's something that will be under consideration. We're going to try to make good, prudent, careful judgments. This isn't a race to be first back."

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