With the NBA season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and NBA commissioner Adam Silver saying a decision won't be made until May 1 at the absolute earliest, many questions linger about the rest of the year.
Most of all, when and if the 2019-20 NBA season will be returning. The uncertainty has caused personnel around the league to be patient while the NBA and NBAPA gather all the information they can. But unlike coaches and front office personnel, players need to stay in shape without access to their normal athletic training equipment and a target date on when they'll resume play on the basketball court.
One of these players is Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, who knows a thing or two about waiting around for an opportunity to get back on the court. He sat out of the NBA for nearly a calendar year after being let go by Houston early in the 2018-19 season.
First of all, it's very hard...due to the unknown. We don't know if what's going to happen. We don't know when it's going to happen. We don't know how it's going to happen. So that's the hard part is dealing with the unknown. You don't know how hard to go. You don't know how many days a week to go, it's just different things and different ways that you got to play with. But you also got to stay on point, you got to stay sharp.
However, with the country in necessary quarantine, Melo cannot go to the gym so he brought the gym to him.
We done turned the house into a... gym. We got bikes, we got all the weights...kettlebells, dumbells that you can imagine. Stretching machines... everything that you could possibly need here. So I've been keeping up to speed with that.
Whether he has his trademark workout hoodies isn't confirmed, but should be a given.
In his first season as a Blazer, Melo has averaged 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and started in each appearance.
When the season was suspended, the Trail Blazers were 3.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the league decides to head straight into the postseason, Portland's season could be over, but some are in favor of a play-in tournament for the final playoff spot, including Damian Lillard.
How Carmelo Anthony stays prepared amidst uncertainty of the NBA season originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest