Lakers' Jared Dudley: Adam Silver Said NBA Season Could Be Played into October

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2020

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley said Saturday that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggested the 2019-20 NBA season could extend into October if resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jared Dudley @JaredDudley619

I heard even Oct from Adam Silver today... https://t.co/51gBWTTW7I

Play has been halted since March 11 with most teams having between 15 and 20 games left in the regular season.

Silver held a conference call with players Friday to discuss the league's current outlook.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic provided details, including no fans in attendance and games being held at neutral sites rather than at home arenas:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

If/when it is able for NBA to return, Adam Silver told players it’s safer in 1-to-2 locations — such as Disney World Orlando/Las Vegas — than flying around to cities and facilities, sources said. https://t.co/n33I0YKu19

In April, Silver said "everything is on the table" in order to finish the campaign.

"The direction that the league office has received from our teams is that all rules are off at this point," he told reporters. "If there is an opportunity to resume play, even if it looks different from what we've done historically, we should be modeling it."

LeBron James, Dudley's teammate with the Lakers, has taken a stand against the idea of canceling the remainder of the season:

LeBron James @KingJames

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. 👑

L.A. owned the best record (49-14) in the Western Conference when play was suspended, 5.5 games ahead of the rival Los Angeles Clippers (44-20).

Those two teams, along with the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks (53-12), will make up the group of top-tier title contenders if the season eventually resumes.