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Lakers’ Jared Dudley explains how shutdown of facilities affects possible resumption of season

Jared Dudley, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers veteran small forward Jared Dudley answered a few questions on Twitter after the NBA shut down its practice facilities on Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now that facilities are closed, players are going to have to stay in basketball shape by working out at home.

Dudley says NBA owners want the 2020 playoffs to take place even if it means a shortened 2019-20 regular season. The Lakers forward also touched on how long players would need to get ready for games to be played again after such a long layoff:

The NBA would like to resume the season at some point in the summer, with action potentially going into August if play does pick back up.

During his interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admitted the current coronavirus pandemic could shift the NBA calendar permanently.

Dudley and the Lakers had the top record in the Western Conference standings before the season was suspended. The Lakers, led by superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, went 49-14 before the coronavirus suspension.

Dudley has appeared in 40 games for the Lakers this season. He’s averaging 1.5 points in 7.8 minutes per contest.

The Lakers had two impressive wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers shortly before play was suspended. However, the Lakers’ last game saw the club take a loss to the hands of the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center. Davis missed the potential game-winning 3 right in front of the Nets’ bench.