JaVale McGee feels skeptical about the idea of playing in isolated setup
The NBA is looking at every possible option in order to try and resume the season that was postponed on March 11. One of those possible situations involves the season being played in a singular, isolated location. However, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee isn’t a fan of that hypothetical situation.
“I thought that was a great idea, but I also know, or I assume … I don’t think people are really going to be able to be quarantined for six weeks,” McGee said in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet’s Allie Clifton. “Like, I just don’t think that’s going to be possible — I understand that they want it to be possible. And then you have to think about the hotel staff, they go home every day. I just think there’s a lot of factors that you can’t put into it.”
If that scenario would be enacted, players and essential staff would all be quarantined in a singular location in order to either finish the regular season or possibly even move straight to the postseason.
As for McGee, the veteran big man was in the midst of his second season with Los Angeles, and in 61 games, the seven-footer was averaging 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 64.0 percent from the field in 16.8 minutes per contest.
McGee’s contributions helped the Lakers coast to a Western Conference-best 49-14 record prior to the season being postponed due to concerns over COVID-19.
While no concrete plans are in place for an NBA return, the league has recently announced they will allow certain teams to open back their practice facilities starting on May 1.