The NBA’s scrimmage phase kicked off in Orlando Wednesday, and with it, our first look at the staging of a socially-distanced basketball game. On the latest episode of “I Love Basketball”, Anthony and Sabreena discussed what stood out from the the first NBA broadcasts live from Disney World, and what they hope will stick in games going forward.
The begin by talking about what you can hear on the court — and what you still can’t — despite the absence of fans, as well as the standard for how much profanity should be allowed on a national broadcast. They then move on to how the empty sidelines and baselines lead to improved player safety, which is something the players should try to negotiate from the league moving forward. It may displace some high-roller seats and photographers, but it might be worth it for the NBA to consider for the health of its players.
Anthony and Sabreena then go into what specifically they hope to see from the Lakers in their scrimmage against Dallas, namely how the team settles on its point guard rotation. They discuss what Quinn Cook, Dion Waiters, and J.R. Smith can do in these three scrimmages to earn minutes, and whether any of them can or should displace Alex Caruso.
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