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Podcast: How will the coronavirus shutdown affect the NBA moving forward?

The league has an opportunity to evaluate and update all of its traditional practices

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On the latest episode of “I Love Basketball”, Sabreena and Anthony begin by recapping the news of the week. They examine what the opening of practice facilities means for the NBA’s timeline to potentially resume the 2019-20 season, and then go over why the Lakers — a franchise that is valued at $4.4 billion — applied for a small business loan before returning the money.

The two of them then get into the larger question how the NBA will be fundamentally altered by the shutdown moving forward. The league is in a situation where none of its normal operations can continue without endangering the health and safety of players and everyone else involved. That means that there is a unique opportunity to reevaluate everything.

Some of the things that the NBA should consider updating or revamping completely include: the size and layout of arenas, how and where players and coaches interact with the media, and how to present games on television and other platforms. Sabreena and Anthony go through the ways they would like to see the league innovate within these areas when the games eventually come back.

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You can follow Sabreena and Anthony on Twitter at @sabreenajm and @AnthonyIrwinLA.

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