Like all the other players from across the league's landscape, Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is sitting at home waiting on an update to find out if -- and when -- the 2019-20 NBA season will resume. The NBA season has been indefinitely suspended since March 11 due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus. In the meantime, Kanter has been doing his best to try to stay in shape at home.
"Right now, we are all waiting," Kanter said during anon Thursday morning. "Like every team, like every player. In Massachusetts, we cannot open our practice facility until May 18. Right now we are trying our best to stay in shape in our houses, doing a lot of push-ups, doing a lot of crunches and stuff."
Some additional clarity should come on Friday for Kanter and the rest of the league's players, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts will host a call for all players. The call is intended to be an open forum for players to address any concerns or ask questions, per ESPN. The call also comes on the same day that some teams in areas with relaxed social distancing guidelines are permitted by the league to reopen their practice facilities. Kanter expects to know more about the league's plan for players moving forward after the call.
"Once tomorrow hits, because we have a special meeting with Adam Silver where all players join, we are going to learn more about what we can and what we cannot do," Kanter said. "The NBA is all about player safety and fan safety, so we're just going to see what Adam Silver says tomorrow... All we can do right now is wait to see what Adam Silver has to say."
Though Kanter admitted that he is "itching" to get back out on the court, he has previously acknowledged that players can't just jump right back into games, but instead would need several weeks of buffer time in order to get back into solid shape after a long layoff.
"You can't just say 'OK, we're going to play the games a week later.' Some players are doing some things," Kanter said last month. "Some players are in their apartments not doing anything. We need to make sure everybody is doing their stuff and is in good shape to go out there and compete if we jump straight into playoffs."
While a return to basketball-related activities this season would be great, it's obviously secondary to the health and safety of the teams, players and fans. The NBA will certainly continue to explore all possible avenues for a return, but the situation is fluid, and something that the league can't control. Perhaps we will know more after Silver's call on Friday.