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Utah Jazz center Ed Davis is confident that the will be able to finish the season. According to him, all of Utah’s players expressed desire to play on the team’s group chat.
The Jazz are currently fourth in the Western Conference and have their place in the playoffs already secured.
Per Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype:
“Yeah, I’m about 99.9 percent sure that we’ll finish the season. I know a couple guys from the Jazz have concerns, but in our group chat when we talk, everybody’s on board and we’re ready to play. We’re hoping that we can start doing contact stuff soon, so the team I play on, we’re ready to go. I don’t know how it is for some of these other teams. But I’ve played with so many different guys in the NBA and I talk to so many different guys and, for the most part, guys want to play. Obviously, you got some guys that, for different reasons, might not want to play. For some guys, there’s a lot on the line. You got some guys who are in a contract year. If I’m Jordan Clarkson or Donovan, I might not want to play, just for the simple fact that I had a good year and I’m looking for a contract extension, so why would I risk getting hurt? But, at the same time, the reason why we’re in this situation is because we’re in a pandemic. This sh** doesn’t happen often, and that’s life. It could be worse. It could always be worse. But sh** happens in life. You just got to put your hard hat on and get to work.”
Some players, led by Kyrie Irving, reportedly want to sit out the season. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is determined to play when the season resumes at the end of July.