What’s going to happen with the current NBA season?
Well, if Hall of Fame big-man Shaquille O’Neal were in charge, the season would be scrapped.
Shaq was recently interviewed by the New York Post on all-things basketball.
In talking about whether or not he supported a return to play, Shaq said: “We should scrap the season… continue to care about the safety of the players and the people, let the government figure out how they’re going to get rid of this thing forever.”
It would certainly be nice if the government were able to eradicate the virus altogether, but public health officials don’t seem to think that will be the case.
Shaq also expressed an issue with the fact that games will likely be played without fans, an idea that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggested may be a reality through 2021.
“I would absolutely play horrible with no fans… oh my God. I would be the worst center in NBA history, because I need to feed off the energy of the crowd, I need to get my adrenaline boosted” O’Neal said.
There’s no doubt that empty arenas would impact players and the game, but attendance-free competitions are very likely going to be a reality for sports for the foreseeable future.
As of now, the NBA has not made a decision on resuming the 2019-20 season.
Adam Silver says that the league may not make a final decision until June.