Antetokounmpo said he doesn’t have access to a hoop during the NBA’s coronavirus-forced shutdown. Tatum said he didn’t even have a ball.
Rachel Nichols of ESPN:
Jayson Tatum joins #TheJump & says he "hasn't touched a basketball" since Boston's last game. We also discussed last year's MVP (he thinks Harden should have won), food he's helping get to families in Boston & St. Louis, and if he's on board with the new nickname "The Problem" pic.twitter.com/Pe0OxboyY2
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 13, 2020
I haven’t been able to touch a basketball since our last game at Indiana. I’ve got stuff to work out at home and cardio and weights and stuff. But, yeah, I haven’t played basketball in a long time.
Health is a big concern whenever this hiatus ends.
So is rust.
Daryl Morey is right: This will be uncomfortable. Imagine how long it’d take for players like Tatum to reach peak performance after not even dribbling for more than a month. There isn’t time for that. When the NBA can resume making major money, it will (and should).