The condensed NBA season continues to take an enormous toll on its gamers, each bodily and mentally. Now Fred VanVleet is letting his ideas on the matter be identified.
The Toronto Raptors level guard went off on the league Saturday for its dealing with of the 2020-21 marketing campaign, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports activities:
“To be sincere, that is most likely essentially the most unpure 12 months of basketball I’ve ever been part of, simply from the entire league and dashing the season again. It’s just about all about enterprise this 12 months on each degree. It’s arduous to cover it now.
“The NBA is a good stability of the pure love and pleasure of probably the greatest sports activities on the planet combined with a billion greenback trade. I believe this 12 months the trade facet is taking precedent over a number of the love and the enjoyment … However there are good days and dangerous days.”
The 27-year-old did emphasize that the gamers voted for the format of the season however that he might nonetheless level out the professionals and cons of it regardless.
“We did vote on what season we needed,” he mentioned. They gave just a few choices, and many of the gamers picked this feature. So we’re in it, which is why I can’t complain about it. However I can level out that that is what’s and the professionals and cons that include that. It’s very conflicting.”
The NBA is making an attempt to pack 72 regular-season video games into lower than 5 months. That’s about as heavy of a workload as groups had within the Orlando bubble. However this time they now need to journey as nicely. One consequence has been an enormous wave of accidents. Superstars like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid and Jamal Murray (to call just a few) have missed or are lacking prolonged time with accidents not even associated to COVID-19.
As for the Raptors, they’re a dismal 23-34 this 12 months. VanVleet is at the moment out with a hip difficulty himself. In what could also be a associated improvement, Toronto simply received fined $25,000 by the league for violating insurance policies on participant relaxation.