The NBA has recently announced that the league will allow the re-opening of practice facilities in certain cities starting May 1. For his part, Los Angeles Lakers veteran Jared Dudley does not seem to be on board with the idea.
According to the 34-year-old forward, this may lead to an unfair advantage for some teams who will be allowed to practice, as opposed to teams that are still forced to stay at home.
This is very tricky… if this stay home order goes to June and some teams have a month access over others at their practice facility 😩🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/YCNOLfDQ5Z
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) April 26, 2020
Jared Dudley does make a lot of sense here. The NBA has made it clear that they will only allow teams to practice if the stay-at-home measures have been eased in their respective cities, so this begs the question: what happens to teams in cities wherein lockdown policies are still strictly implemented?
The Lakers forward is not the only player that is thinking along these lines. Other NBA players that have indicated their agreement with Dudley's notion include Wilson Chandler of the Brooklyn Nets and Thaddeus Young of the Chicago Bulls.
— THAD YOUNG (@yungsmoove21) April 26, 2020
New York City is at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, and it is almost certain that the Big Apple will remain locked down for the foreseeable future. This means teams like the New York Knicks and the Nets will not be allowed to practice. The same will probably hold true for Dudley's Lakers, given how L.A. is such a densely populated city.
To be fair to the NBA, however, it appears that they are desperately trying to find ways to end the suspension of the season. Nonetheless, things remain precarious at this point, and it's hard not to think that there are much more important things than basketball at the moment.