CJ McCollum: “If we were to come back we wouldn’t be able to play a game for at least a few weeks”

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CJ McCollum opened up about how much preparation the players will need to get back to shape once the season resumes.

The star of the Portland Trail Blazers described what he thinks the process would look like if the NBA decided to resume play in the summer.

“I think the first thing we would have to do is get in shape. Game shape — obviously, we are all trying to workout. We’re trying to do what we can at home. Some people are going on runs, maybe riding bikes. I have a stationary bike.

But, it’s not the same as physically getting up and down and playing on the basketball court so I think you have to take some time to kind of go through that process, that period of one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, five-on-five — getting up and down full court, that’ll be very helpful.

I think it would take us some time to say the least, especially depending on when we would end up starting. This is like day 28, so that’s 28 days for most guys that haven’t shot a basketball, most guys haven’t been on a court in general unless you have one or are going outside, but it’s still not the same as playing an actual game or an actual practice.

If we were to come back we wouldn’t be able to play a game for at least a few weeks, is my guess,” McCollum told Jamie Hudson during a Trail Blazers video conference on Wednesday.