Blazers’ Damian Lillard reacts to possibility of permanently shifting NBA calendar
NBA commissioner Adam Silver admitted the current COVID-19 pandemic could shift the NBA calendar permanently, something Lillard is hoping doesn’t happen:
Dame doesn't think most players would be in favor of a permanent shift of the start of the season to Christmas. Guys want the summers off with their families. "For that to change, I'm definitely not a fan of that and I don't see many guys being a fan of that."
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) March 31, 2020
Even though a new NBA schedule does make sense since the NBA and NFL wouldn’t have to share the spotlight anymore, players want to enjoy the summer with their families.
If the NBA resumes the 2019-20 season, it will surely be in July or August. It sounds like Lillard is in favor of shortening the end of the regular season so the playoffs can be played in full and the schedule can remain the same.
Lillard and the Blazers were in ninth place in the Western Conference standings prior to play being suspended. After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, the Blazers have been very inconsistent this season and they could miss the playoffs altogether if play is resumed.
Lillard was once again having another tremendous season for the Blazers despite the team’s struggles. The five-time All-Star was averaging 28.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists for Portland while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 88.8 percent from the free-throw line.