While the NBA gets ready to allow teams to re-open practice facilities, Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum remains cautious.
McCollum told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes that he is mainly worried about the next steps that will come before possibly resuming the season.
“I am worried like the rest of the world, but I like that it is optional and I’m pleased with the caution, structure and measures the Blazers organization has put in place to ensure the safest environment possible for all parties involved,” McCollum said. “I get the measures [the league is] taking, but you have to think at some point when there are drastic measures that need to be taken, ‘Is it really worth it?’ It’s either safe or it’s not.”
McCollum continued, “And let’s just be honest, man, it’s not like it will be the first time players got gym access outside of the team’s facilities. Some people have been working out, if we’re being honest.”
Once practice facilities re-open, no more than four players can be there at once and there can’t be any practices or scrimmages.
“The issue is you can go to your practice facility, but there’s all these stipulations,” McCollum said. “You can’t use certain stuff, can’t do certain stuff. Now they’re talking about you might have to be 12 feet away from your strength coach. How are you going to lift 12 feet away from somebody?”
“The problem, obviously, is that because we can’t test people, then we can’t assure anybody’s safety whether they’re basketball players or anybody else,” Cuban said. “Even though we can try to take all different kinds of precautions, it’s just not worth it.”
Teams currently have the final say on the issue.