There have been players of major professional sports who opted out to participate in this season, prioritizing their health.
The resume of the season is getting nearer. In the case of the National Basketball Association, eight players from different teams already chose to stay at home in fear of the coronavirus 17 days before the resume of the league on July 30.
One of the eight players who will not be present in their opening is DeAndre Jordan of Brooklyn Nets. He announced on his twitter that he was tested positive of the coronavirus.
The other players have fears for their health and for their families' well-being.
"I have to be smart, and this decision hasn't been easy, but I truly believe continuing on the course I'm on and getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me." Victor Oladipo of Indiana Pacers told The Athletic. He also has been recovering for his past injuries.
It was tough decisions to make especially choosing between passion and family. It is not also easy to let go of the money that they will be earning for the season. The players will not get paid for the games that they will miss.
However, health and family are still the top priority for other players.
The decision he made to not be with his teammates is difficult, "the health and well being of my family has to come first." Brooklyn Nets' Wilson Chandler said to ESPN.
Avery Bradley of Los Angeles Lakers decided not to participate in the resume of the season as well.
"I can't imagine making any decision that might put my family's health and well-being at even the slightest risks." He told ESPN.
Portland Trail Blazers Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards Davis Bertans, Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley- Stein, and Houston Rockets Thabo Sefolosha are the few who chose to watch the play instead of playing.
The season's resume might not be a good idea as the coronavirus is still not timing-out from the play, but the NBA fans will be happy to see their favorite players - not all of the favorites, though.