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As a result of a series of injuries that erupted around the NBA, including among All-Stars, this year's NBA condensed 2020-21 schedule was criticized.
Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns point guard, and President of the NBPA spoke to reporters about this topic at the NBA Finals media conference. He said that everything between the league's players' association and the league is a "conversation" where everyone has equal opportunity to speak their mind. The quotes were provided by Dave McMenamin, ESPN.
"Man, there is one thing that is certain about our league and its members: everything is always a conversation. The executive committee has a lot of men who are hard at work right now. They travel day in and out. I wish you guys were aware of all the happenings. Players are involved in all decisions, whether they are playing or not.
"Injuries are never pleasant. It is not nice to have them. Just like in the bubble, all was discussed between the players and the entire body of players. While everything might not be the best for one guy or another, it is all part of a conversation and will continue to be so. If people don't like it then you know that everyone has the same chance to be part of these conversations.
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers forward, expressed disappointment at the 2020-21 schedule. It was created after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed 2019-20 by almost five months.
The 2019-20 season was paused in 2020 on March 11th, and resumed on July 30th. It was over on October 11 when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in NBA Finals.
The 2020-21 NBA regular season started two months and eleven days later. From Dec. 22, 2020 to May 16, 2021, the NBA had a 72-game regular league.
If necessary, Game 7 in the 2021 NBA Finals will be played on July 22nd. The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics is set for the following day.
While injuries were common during the regular season there was a lot more to come in this postseason. However, star players have been forced to miss a lot of time due to injury. This includes Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, Kawhi Leonard of Los Angeles Clippers, James Harden and Kyrie Irwin from Brooklyn Nets, and Anthony Davis, Lakers big man.
Antetokounmpo is still unsure of his status as he works to recover from hyperextended left knee. He hopes to play in the NBA Finals between his Bucks (and Paul's Suns) in 2019.
Game 1 will be held in Phoenix on Tuesday, September 9th at 9:59 p.m. ET