NBA G League cancels remainder of 2019-20 season


Former California player and current NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim talks to reporters before an NCAA college basketball game between California and Colorado, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 in Berkeley, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron / AP)

The NBA G League has cancelled the rest of its 2019-20 season, president Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced Thursday.

“While cancelling the remainder of our season weighs heavily on us, we recognize that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league,” Abdur-Rahim said in a statement.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to NBA G League players and coaches for giving their all to their teams and fans this season. And to our fans, I thank you and look forward to resuming play for the 2020-21 season.”

The feeder league suspended its campaign on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Players were reportedly compensated for the 11 days left in the season and their health benefits were extended, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.

Thursday’s news comes on the tails of the announcement that the NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting its season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.

The G League said it will announce end-of-season award winners in the coming weeks.

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