Magic Johnson hopes NBA can crown champion despite Covid-19
THE ANGELS: Magic Johnson says if he NBA It resumes this season, it will be fanless and players should have no problem adapting on the go to play in empty stadiums.
The former NBA legend and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team sees a glimmer of hope and said all it will take is one game for the players to adapt to not having spectators in the building.
Let's say the NBA comes back without fans. Once you play one game without fans you will adjust to not having fans there, Johnson told American broadcaster CNN on Thursday night.
We've all played our entire lives on playgrounds and pickup games with no fans. Basketball players will adapt, trust me.
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Johnson, who is also the former president of the Los Angeles Lakers He said that when professional sport returns, it will help the country to heal in the midst of coronavirus epidemic.
We need sports, especially at a time like this. But only if everyone is sure, Johnson told CNN. Sports will return, probably without the fans first.
Johnson, 60, made sports health news in 1991, when he revealed he has HIV.
He said the NBA is not going to return until the COVID-19 outbreak in the US has stabilized and the players can be properly tested.
There will be a suitable time, he said. Notary Adam Silver You have done wonderful job with the NBA.
He wants to make sure the players are safe before they return. I think sports will come back. It is just a matter of when we will make sure this virus is level and does not affect the entire country. When those numbers drop and stabilize the sport will return.
Johnson says he doesn't know exactly when that will be. He said Major League Baseball is now talking about a start in May.
But some health experts have predicted that social distancing restrictions could remain in place for much longer for fear of worsening the health crisis.
Lebron James He said in early March that he could never imagine playing on empty arenas.
LeBron is right, it's hard to play without fans, Johnson said.
Those guys want to see who is the world champion. Listen, if they have a chance to come back and they're healthy, and they all get tested, they'll crown a champion again.
They want to see who is the best team in NBA. I am looking forward to seeing if the Lakers can win a championship.