Last time playing without fans
Whenever there is a return, it’s safe to say there won’t be any fans in attendance, as it wouldn’t be safe to have thousands of people all in the same place. This would certainly make for an unusual atmosphere for the players, as many of them feed off the energy of the crowd.
Fans make the game even more fun for the players, which is evident by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James commenting that he wouldn’t want to play without fans. Gordon was asked about the last time he’s played without fans, and offered the following response.
Maybe a scrimmage in high school before a game even started. Other than that, it’s been a very long time. That would be so unusual. So unusual.
It’s not surprising that Gordon has rarely played without fans, as basketball lovers will always want to gather around and watch a basketball game. This is especially the case in the NBA, as the best athletes in the world are in the league. On top of that, the fans have a connection to their home team, as we celebrate during times of triumph and cry during times of sorrow.
Sports always have a way of helping people get through tragedies and natural disasters, not to mention the entertainment value we get from witnessing NBA action in person. From that standpoint, Gordon is right, it would be really unusual to not have the fans there.
But we’ll take even that version of NBA if it means we’ll be able to watch basketball again.
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