Danny Green who’s a member of the Lakers championship squared has his doubt about LeBron James accepting to play at the beginning of the season should the NBA go ahead with discussions regarding a December 22 season opener.
The Lakers demolished Miami for the NBA title in a six-game series in the Orlando bubble on October 12 which was widely celebrated by supporters in a notable way.
“December 22 is not on my mind. I think most guys if you say they’re starting in December, I think they’re like, ‘I’m not going to be there’ because we have a lot of vets on our team. It’s not like we have young guys and rookies. We have three or four young guys and rookies if we’re fortunate to bring the same team back,” Green said on The Ringer’s basketball podcast.
“LeBron is been in the Finals 10 years out of his 17 years, which is unbelievable mentally. It’s draining to do that. To have that quick a restart, I wouldn’t expect to see him there. I wouldn’t expect to see him probably the first month of the season. He’d probably work out with us but I don’t expect guys to want to be there or show up willingly,” Green added.
Most people including Commissioner Adam Silver had said earlier this month they expected the season opener in January, that’s if it opens too early. But at last week’s Board of Governors meeting, talks majored on a December 22 opening to the 2020-21 campaign.
Green, however, noted that some other teams who haven’t played in a while would seriously want to play sooner than later, but definitely not the Lakers.
“It’s a possibility because the league really wants those Christmas games. But in my mind, it’s highly unlikely,” Green said.
Speaking of playing games in home arenas without spectators at the season’s outset due to the COVID-19 spike, Green noted that he has heard other ideas floated such as “multiple bubble situations or four bubbles.’’