Jared Dudley fires back at Shaquille O’Neal’s suggestion to ‘scrap the season’
While most fans and players seem eager for the NBA season to return, not everyone has that opinion. Recently, Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal went out and stated that he thinks the rest of the season should be scrapped.
“I think we should scrap the season. Everybody go home, get healthy, come back next year,” O’Neal said. “Just scrap the season. Just scrap it. To try and come back now and do a rush playoffs as a player? Any team that wins this year, there’s an asterisk.
Lakers veteran wing Jared Dudley firmly disagrees, though. The 13-year NBA role player took to Twitter to express his opinions on the possible continuation of the 2019-20 campaign.
“Players don’t understand the ramifications if we don’t play this year.. It effects next season as well. No games, no tv money , billions lost in revenue.. There will be no vaccine coming next year also so IF we can be Safe which I have faith in the NBA we can l, we should play,” Dudley said.
Dudley is likely correct in saying that not finishing this season will affect next season. However, even if the season is played, the 2020-21 season will still likely be altered in some way. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has reportedly discussed playing basketball until possibly October if needed.
With the NBA Finals usually happening in June, a late finish to this season will either force players and franchises into a very short offseason or would more likely push back the start of next season resulting in a shortened campaign.
Prior to the league’s postponement on March 11, Dudley was playing minimal minutes on a Lakers squad that had the best record in the Western Conference at 49-14.