Van Gundy expresses concern
Former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy spoke about the fan-less situation and expressed concern, which isn’t surprising considering how much of an adjustment it’ll be to have postseason play in empty arenas. But JVG brought up an interesting point about the situation that hasn’t been raised.
Van Gundy was on SportsTalk 790’s The Sean Salisbury Show and shared his concerns.
“I think initially it’ll be strange but I don’t think it will detract from the intensity, because I think players are going to be so into having the opportunity to compete again. And most likely we’re going to either start with a very brief regular season and go right into the playoffs, which would enhance the intensity.
Where I’m concerned about it is starting the next season, If we start without fans and we try to play a whole regular season without fans or a good part of it. Just how odd that’ll will be.
You’ll hear things that you probably shouldn’t hear and I think it’ll be interesting how they try to camouflage some of the real sounds of the game. I think the interactions between players-officials, coaches-officials, player-player, those would be heightened.
And you’d have to be more careful if you’re a TV entity or if you’re one of those people involved because things are going to be more easily picked up. So I don’t think initially it will be bad, I don’t think it will detract from the intensity but I think over time, if it had to continue on into next season, it would be rough.”
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