The fate of the NBA season is coming down to a text message poll. Yes, we've confirmed what most assumed: 2020 is the worst year ever.
LeBron James and other NBA stars are reportedly going to great lengths to resume play, however, despite the recent comments from pundits and respected basketball legends like Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal.
James spearheaded a group chat with the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and a solid portion of this season's All-Star team to form a 'united front' for finishing out the season.
Now, what exactly such a season would look like remains to be seen, but in a league which preaches player empowerment, this sends a very vocal message, even if the NBPA is establishing an 'every vote counts' mentality.
What NBA stars want, they typically get, as the Association's revenue is driven by the game's greatest talents. While the safety of players and team employees is imperative to the NBA's return, James and Co. would prefer those discussions not shut down for good.
Such an informal poll won't solely determine the fate of the NBA season, but it'll hold a lot of water as to the actions of the NBPA over the next month in negotiations with owners.
With James fighting a battle with time he knows he cannot win, every chance at a championship counts. Thankfully for him, he's not going through such a fight alone.