The Los Angeles Lakers might be on the verge of playing the rest of the 2019-20 NBA season without key veterans like Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley, as both of them have expressed some doubt about the plan to get games kicked back off on July 30 in Orlando, which is still expected to take place.
While losing an elite perimeter defender and interior presence could potentially nuke team chemistry, the Lakers seem accepting of the fact that both Howard and Bradley might not play again in the 2019-20 season.
"[There's] no divide," one Lakers player told ESPN. Another anonymous player claimed that there is still time to "figure things out as a league and as a team."
Howard was one of the first players to back Brooklyn Nets star and NBPA vice president Kyrie Irving by acknowledging that the league's plan for a restart might not have the best timing, given the current social climate. Howard joined the Lakers in an attempt to grab that elusive first title, but he claimed that the "unity of my people" would mean more to him than any ritzy championship ring.
Howard and Bradley aren't willing to put their health or personal beliefs at risk so they can play a handful of games in front of literally no fans at Disney World. That takes courage, and their Laker teammates seem to realize that.