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Players have until June 24th to opt out of Orlando games, per report

New details are emerging on how players would either opt out or be exempted from attending the resumed NBA season in Orlando.
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NBA players will have until June 24th to notify teams if they choose to opt out of attending the resumed NBA season at Disney World, according to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Shams also reports that players will be able to miss games without a salary reduction if they are classified as “Protected” or “Excused” players.

Shams also reported on the requirements for players to comply with the rules of the so-called “bubble”.


In other NBA news, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Black Players Coalition being led by Kyrie Irving and Avery Bradley is waiting for more information from the league and from owners regarding their plan for Orlando. A significant number of players have expressed concerns that Orlando will distract from current protests and the movement for racial justice. The group has suggested the players may skip Orlando if they feel like the league is not taking serious enough action.


Given the number of concerns at play, both related to health concerns and the importance of Black Lives Matter protests, it could get very interesting if a significant number of players feel the league has failed to properly address one or both concerns.

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June 16, 2020 3:40 pm

Thanks for the update, Greg.
I feel the weight of the current situation. I understand the concerns. I’m going to listen and learn, and continue to ask the universe for the Best Possible Outcome in the Gentlest Possible Way.

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June 16, 2020 4:00 pm

So if they opt out now, no penalty. If, however, cases continue to double in Florida every week or so the players decide to skip for their own well being come mid-July, they get penalized? SMH.
Sounds like traveling back in time and having the choice to get on the Titanic or not.

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