Rockets Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t believe NBA return is best idea

Coach Jeff Van Gundy of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Restart not the best decision?

The former Houston Rockets coach was recently on The Sean Salisbury Show, which airs on SportsTalk 790 and shared his thoughts on a return to action possibly not being the best move for the league.

“I think these are going to be really hard questions to answer, before you restart. And so for Adam Silver, I think he’s done everything right. I think he’s been cautious, but I think everybody wants their money; the league, the networks, the teams and the players. So I think they’re going to try to restart, I’m just not sure how pragmatic that is.

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It’s easy for me to say when you’re not having to pay the ultimate price. The owners who he works for want the money, and I don’t blame them. They’ve invested deeply into this. All the science would tell you right now that there’s concern that I think there’s time to wait and make a decision. But I don’t think anyone could say to Adam Silver if he decided that it was too risky to play that he’s being too cautious. I don’t see anyone being able to say that that would be the wrong decision.

I think they’re going to try to push the regular season, next year it seems, back into a later start date, potentially around Christmas. I think they’ve wanted to explore that, to begin with. I think this gives them the opportunity. Because I think ultimately what they want to do, is have as many contests competed with fans in the stands.

I had no idea, until Adrian Wojnarowski reported that 40 percent of all basketball revenues is generated on game night. I had no idea it was that significant. So I get it. Tough decisions, hard decisions, no clear cut easy decisions. I feel for Adam Silver because he’s got compelling reasons on both sides for whatever decision he makes.”

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