Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green has hinted that some veterans could skip the start of the new season if it proceeds with the December date. On October 12, the Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to claim a 4-2 victory in the final and earn a record-tying 17th NBA Championship.
The NBA season, which was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, was restarted on July 30. The moment after the Lakers title, the talk over the date of the start of the next season started. It's rumored that the NBA is targeting to start the next season in December, around Christmas time.
LeBron James, who led the Lakers to the NBA title this past season, turns 36 in December and Green suggests the four-time NBA champion may not show up that early. "If we start in December, I think most guys [are like] 'I'm not going to be there,'" Green said on The Ringer NBA Show, as quoted on Yahoo Sports.
"To have that quick of a restart, I wouldn't expect to see Bron there. I wouldn't expect to see him there for the first month of the season."
Green was defended by James
In Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- with nine seconds left to go in the game -- James drew defenders on him and passed the ball to a wide-open Green.
Green missed a wide-open three-pointer that would have given the Lakers a 111-109 lead over the Heat. In the end, the Heat won 111-108 to force a Game 6 and Green started receiving lots of heat post-game -- but James came to his defense.
"If you just look at the play, I was able to draw two defenders below the free-throw line and find one of our shooters at the top of the key for a wide-open three to win a championships,” James said of Green’s miss.
“I trusted him, we trusted him, and it just didn’t go. You live with that. It’s one of the best shots we could’ve got I feel in that fourth quarter, down the stretch. I had two guys on me ... and Danny had a hell of a look.
"It just didn’t go down. I know he wishes he could have it again, and I wish I made a better pass, but you just live with it."