The NBA is set to return on July 31 at Disney World in Orlando. Not only will the games take place in an unusual setting but there will be no fans in attendance. Former NBA champion Brian Scalabrine thinks playing in an empty arena will actually increase the level of basketball.
According to him, having no fans in the arena will remove pressure from the bench players. Consequently, they will perform better resulting in better basketball. As for superstars, they will do what they always do, he says.
Scalabrine gave an example of games between Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson back in the Dream Team era. It was revealed in ‘The Last Dance’ docuseries that the Dream Team had heated pickup games in empty gym among the superstars that were on the team.
“I think you’ll see better basketball,” Scalabrine said during Tuesday night’s “Arbella Early Edition”. “It’s not going to feel the same because the fans won’t be there, but these guys are going to compete at a high level. Did you watch ‘The Last Dance’, and you hear about the pickup games between Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson in the Dream Team era, guys can bring it in pickup games. Guys will get in shape. Guys will be able to play, and I think you’ll see (the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th guys on the bench) will be a lot better without the crowd. And the superstars will be the same no matter what.”