The projected resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season raises many questions, particularly about health and safety amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). This is one of the biggest concerns of Commissioner Adam Silver and the rest of the league, as teams prepare to travel to the campus outside Orlando, Florida.
In addition to the main issues, there are also some questions related to basketball, including how many injured players could be available if the regular season continues at the end of July, as intended.
Players from across the league who were looking at a prolonged period on the bench might suddenly be ready to return to their spins. Others may choose to follow rehabilitation plans instead of accelerating hard after a few months off.
Here is the latest on the health status of the top players dealing with injuries and where they are now.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
The current MVP missed out on Milwaukee's last two games before closing, after suffering a knee injury against the Lakers. Antetokounmpo was relieved to discover that the diagnosis was just a minor sprain, so he should return to full strength as the Bucks tried to reach the NBA finals.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, networks
Despite speculation about a comeback more than a year after he broke his Achilles tendon during the 2019 NBA finals, Durant made it clear he doesn't plan to play this season. Irving did not declare his status in terms similar to Durant, but he is not expected to play after a shoulder surgery in March.
Ben Simmons, 76ers
Philadelphia predicted losing Simmons for a long time and approached his back injury in February with extreme caution. It seems that Simmons' fears about long-term health are gone.
"If the season starts again, we hope to have it," said a team source. ESPN Jackie MacMullan in April.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
The Spurs announced in early June that Aldridge will be for the season after shoulder surgery. San Antonio predicts that it will be totally healthy before the 2020-21 campaign.
Jaren Jackson Jr., bears
Jackson had missed the last nine Grizzlies games with a knee injury before the game was suspended, but he was almost back. The feeling of the second year should be back to give a boost to a young team that hopes to secure the playoffs at the Western Conference.
Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic, Trail Blazers
Some necessary depth on the front court must be on its way to Portland. Both Collins (shoulder) and Nurkic (leg) were targeting March returns, so they should head to Orlando with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the rest of the list.
Bojan Jazz Bogdanovic
Utah will be without its second top scorer in the NBA "bubble". Bogdanovic is for the season after wrist surgery.
Enjoy all the love, texts and support. My surgery today was a success. I look forward to getting back on the court as soon as possible! Love it!
– Bojan Bogdanovic (@ 44Bojan) May 19, 2020