Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers are part of the NBA’s proposed 22-team plan to restart the season at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The plan gives Portland — the current ninth seed — a chance to earn a spot in the playoffs through a possible play-in tournament. Anthony joined TNT’s Ernie Johnson for an interview about the NBA resuming play. When asked if he’s ready to restart the season, the 10-time All-Star highlighted that he and the team are staying “locked in” to prepare for a return to play:
“As far as from a physical standpoint, yes, I’m ready. I’m in the gym, we in the gym, because we understand the minute that the horn go off, we have to be ready as a team. Portland specifically. So we’re approaching this a lot differently than a lot of other teams. I know the focus that we have, I know how locked in that we are right now to understanding what’s ahead of us. But that also makes it exciting for me and for our team, because this is all new to everybody, this will be new to everybody: new environment, new situations, new circumstances, new opportunities. Guys coming back healthy, having the full team healthy, that’s a big point for us.”
However, Anthony noted his slight reservations about the NBA’s plan, even saying that he’s not 100% committed given the lack of information about the league’s entire proposal:
“As far as actually playing and going back down into Orlando, I’m still up in the air a little bit because we don’t have all the details, we don’t know a lot of information. So until we have that it’s kind of hard to just commit to it 100%.”
A group of 40 to 50 players have held conference calls in recent days to express their own concerns about the 22-team restart plan. Some players could elect to not make the trip to Orlando for various reasons. And some coaches or team personnel could be advised against traveling to Disney World if they are thought to be at higher risk of serious illness if the coronavirus spreads in the proposed bubble environment.
You can watch the full interview with Anthony here, or below: