NBA Hall of Famer and TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley believes finishing the NBA season will be impossible, per his podcast “The Steam Room”. He lamented the fact that the league will be heading down to Florida – which is currently one of the epicenters for the coronavirus.
“The way this thing is spiking and obviously Florida is the worst spot in the world right now and we are taking 22 NBA teams to the hotspot. We’re taking the WNBA, MLS soccer is going on down there.”
In May, Sir Charles was a proponent for resuming the season – stating that he was “100% sure” basketball would return. When Kyrie Irving voiced his reservations about resuming play amidst the civil rights movements, it was Barkley that contested his notion.
However, with the risk of infection still as prevalent as ever he seems to have switched his stance.
“I don’t think we’ve got any chance of finishing this thing,” Barkley said. “That hurts because I know a lot of people that would lose their jobs and would be affected going forward.”
Charles Barkley was one of sport’s first members to undergo COVID-19 testing. He did so upon feeling ill after a New York television appearance in March. Fortunately, Barkley tested negative.
The NBA is scheduled to officially restart on July 30th, with scrimmages commencing on July 22nd.