Celtics’ Kemba Walker reacts to NBA’s coronavirus memo on empty arenas
NBA games could look very different in the coming months. The NBA recently released a memo to all 30 teams stating that they should prepare contingency plans in the event that they need to play games in an empty arena due to the spread of the coronavirus. Boston Celtics All-Star Kemba Walker reacted to the news and said that it “would be terrible” for the league, per Tom Westerholm of MassLive.
Kemba Walker on playing in an empty gym because of the coronavirus: "That would be terrible. … They might as well cancel the whole game before that. That would suck."
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) March 7, 2020
This move by the NBA is obviously a safety measure to protect its players and even fans alike. Several sporting events and in-door activities with large sums of people have already been cancelled or postponed for precautionary measures.
This is definitely a testy situation for the NBA. The epidemic that originated in Wuhan, China has taken over the entire globe, affecting thousands of people across various countries. Impact in North America, however, has been minimal compared to the other regions of the world, especially in Asia.
Aside from the unusual and downright weird game experience, not allowing fans to watch live games will have a major impact on the league’s finances. Without thousands of fans in attendance, the NBA will lose a lot of its revenue.
Nothing is set in stone just yet. However, Walker and the Celtics should brace themselves for the possibility of playing at the TD Garden without their beloved and dedicated Celtics fans cheering them on.