Retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal says the league would be smart to call off the halted 2019-20 campaign and avoid crowning a champion that would carry an “asterisk”.
Speaking with USA Today, O’Neal, said players should start to prepare for a 2020-21 season instead. The 2019-20 campaign was halted in March by the coronavirus pandemic with five weeks of regular-season games and two months of play-offs remaining.
“I think we should scrap the season. Everybody go home, get healthy, come back next year. Just scrap the season. Just scrap it,” O’Neal told the newspaper.
“To try and come back now and do a rush play-offs as a player? Any team that wins this year, there’s an asterisk. They’re not going to get the respect.
“What if a team that’s not really in the mix of things all of a sudden wins with a new play-off format? Nobody is going to respect that. So, scrap it. Worry about the safety of the fans and the people. Come back next year.”
O’Neal, 48 years-old retired in 2011 after a 19-season NBA career and has been working as a television analyst.