Report: NBPA says it will not survey players when it returns to play this season


The National Basketball Players Association denies a report that it questions players about their thoughts on a potential comeback to play this season.

In a statement to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBPA said, “The NBPA is not involved and has not authorized any official polls of its players. “

Charania adds The NBA and NBPA are in a task force and have scheduled a call Tuesday to discuss return-to-play strategies. Toronto Raptor guard Kyle Lowry will be one of the players participating in the call.

The statement comes after a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that union officials started questioning players on Tuesday with a “yes or no” question about their preference for resuming the 2019-2020 campaign, suspended on March 11 due to COVID-19. pandemic.

According to Wojnarowski, union representatives told members that their response and their identity would be kept confidential.

NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, members of the executive committee, including president Chris Paul, and other players were on a conference call Friday with league commissioner Adam Silver to discuss a number of related topics when the game resumes.

Silver has reportedly told the players that a decision on the fate of the 2019-20 season may extend to June and that if the league returns to play, it is not expected that fans will be able to attend the games.


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