Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr. Says NBA Needs to Have a Champion This Season

Larry Nance Jr. looking to score against the Knicks in 2017. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

While the NBA remains quiet about its plans for the suspended 2019/20 season, basketball players are increasingly vocal about their wish to continue the competition. One of them is Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr., who recently argued that the NBA needs to have a champion despite concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a video conference with reporters on Tuesday, Nance shared his opinion on a variety of topics, including the resume of the 2019/20 NBA season. According to the 27-year-old, he wants to play and remains optimistic that the league will continue the competition soon.

Lance then explained that he wants to see NBA crowning a new champion even though his team isn’t in the position of winning the title.

“We’re not in a position to win a championship this year, but if I was — if I was Giannis [Antetokounmpo], if I was LeBron [James], if I was Kawhi [Leonard] — If I was on one of those championship-caliber teams, I’d be pretty upset about it,” said Nance. “Because it’s very rare in this league that a chance like this comes along, and that’s taken a valuable year off someone’s career. I want to see someone win. If it can’t be us, I want to see someone. “

It remains to be seen whether Nance and the rest of us get to witness champion being crowned this year. NBA reportedly discussed a variety of options, including heading straight to playoffs and playing all games on one or two locations but still hasn’t made the final decision.

In the meantime, other sports leagues around the world are slowly resuming their activities. German Bundesliga is scheduled to resume until the end of May, while English Premier League should restart in June. On the other hand, some leagues like French Ligue 1 and Dutch Eredivisie took a different approach and canceled the remainder of the season.