The Celtics were in Milwaukee when the 2020 season came to an abrupt halt, and players were concerned because they had just played against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the first player in the NBA to test positive for coronavirus. “
Hayward said one of the added benefits of not playing right now is players have had an opportunity to heal up a bit. From a safety standpoint – I’m not qualified to answer that – but I’m guessing 2-3 weeks of training and being able to run full court, jump and play basketball before you see anybody put themselves at risk to get injured.
“You can’t rush the season back or play too many games in a short period of time. That’s something that needs to be taken into consideration,” he said.