NBA will have to shorten plans to tighter window in order to return, says Rockets’ Daryl Morey
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey recently shared his take on the possibility of resuming the 2019-20 NBA regular season. Scheduled games have been put on hold since March 12 after several players tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
Following reports that the league will explore a 25-day “return to basketball” plan upon getting the go-signal from U.S. health authorities, Morey bared that the NBA should look into having a tighter window for this to happen.
The 47-year-old controversial GM also made it clear that he is not threatened with the possibility of a quick restart, per an Instagram Live session with Cayleigh Griffin (via Rockets Wire).
“People aren’t going to be back in NBA shape. My guess — and this is up to the commissioner and the plans they’re putting together — is we’re going to have to shorten any plans to a tighter window than people are going to be comfortable with,” the Darly Morey said.
Although having NBA action back would indeed be a welcome respite through these trying times, pundits are skeptic in terms of the players’ level of conditioning. Most players remain inactive as teams are not allowed to hold practices.
Morey, however, cited that the proposed “return to basketball” program might not be as beneficial as initially perceived.
“The reality is, it’s not going to make that big of a difference. You want to get the quality [of play] high enough, but because everyone’s going to be dealing the same ramp up [in activity], there won’t be any relative advantage developed between the teams,” the Rockets GM furthered.
“Maybe even the first couple of games aren’t perfect, but both teams are going to be dealing with the same thing. … We’re all going to have to do our best in a probably shortened time period.”
Prior to the suspension of games, the Rockets were tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) for the fifth and sixth places in the Western Conference Standings.