The Cleveland Cavaliers, along with the Blazers, were the first NBA teams to re-open their practice facilities last week. Larry Nance Jr. made known that he will visit the Cavs’ facility despite being immunocompromised.
The high-flying forward talked to Chris Fedor of cleveland.com about his return on the court and the possible consequences of the season “pause” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I love basketball,” Nance said. “Ideally we would be a playoff team right now, but that still doesn’t take away the fact that I want to play the game. I think first comes love for the game and second is, I don’t know and I don’t think anyone knows how it’s going to affect the league if we have to scratch a season – free agency money, TV money, next year’s season starting.”
Nance was one of the first players to attend the practice facility on Friday, alongside Kevin Love, Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic.
“There’s a serious chance of us missing out on, what, 20-plus percent of our contracts? For a lot of guys that’s significant. I think there’s a whole lot that comes into play. Everybody in the league, we want to finish this year. This is the longest I haven’t played a game of basketball in my entire life. I want to see someone win. If it can’t be us I want to see someone win,” Nance said.