Rockets GM Daryl Morey speaks
The lack of fans will present an interesting dynamic, as we’re surely going to hear more of the natural player chatter and even more communication among referees, which will certainly be unusual. The games will have a scrimmage-like feel to them, as we won’t hear the raucous crowds we’re accustomed to hearing during the NBA playoffs.
But not everyone is bothered or worried about the lack of fans in the arenas, case in point Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. The 2018 Executive of the Year was recently on SportsTalk 790 and had the below to say.
“As a front office person, I’d say 40 percent of the games I go to basically don’t have fans. You’re talking not high-level college, G-League, often international lower-level. You’d be surprised how many games actually happen with very few fans.
Most players are used to it too, in that they’re often going through the G-League and you’re not getting 20,000 screaming. There’s alot of shoes squeaking. We also go to big tournament events, where again, its often just front office people. They don’t even sell tickets to fans.
It’s not as strange to us but it definitely works. I’ve been to lots of games like this.”
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