Bradley Beal’s reason for why quicker start to season is good for Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal stopped by the JJ Redick Podcast to give his take on a number of topics ranging from trade rumors to All-Star snubs. One of the topics was the NBA restart, and how it might help Brooklyn Nets superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
The NBA Board of Governors is currently faced with an uphill decision on targeting an exact date for the 2020-21 season to commence. After much deliberation, it appears that commissioner Adam Silver has made an aggressive front towards the league resuming play in possibly December, with January coming as a last resort. Even so, that leaves certain teams that recently wrapped up their 2019-20 with little time to regroup before the start of the next season.
Circling back to what Beal had to say on the podcast. Fir on the restart itself, then on the Nets:
“Definitely surprised because I was under the impression that we won’t start till February, looking at March probably as the legit start date,” said Beal on his thoughts of a quicker start. “It definitely changes my routine and how I am working out. But I think the monetary impact is what the board of governors is looking at.”
The NBA is definitely looking to recoup some revenue that was loss a the hands of COVID-19, preventing fans from being in arenas which took away from ticket sales. While the news of a quicker start is beneficial to fans, the superstars of the league, such as Beal, will be on the fence about participating right away when the season starts.
Some players, as Beal notes, would contrarily be possibly excited at the thought of getting going early. One team–and more particularly duo– would be Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
“KD and Kyrie, they get to come back, I’m sure they’re ready to go. But a lot of guys who were down in the bubble, a lot of (those) teams are banged up. They need time to be able to heal and get their proper rest time. I see it from their standpoint, but guys like me, I haven’t played since March.”
Kyrie Irving only experienced a total of 20 games with his new Nets squad following a season-ending shoulder surgery, while Kevin Durant missed the entire season due to his ruptured Achilles tendon that he suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors.