DETROIT— Many sports leagues have had to make changes due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Detroit Pistons, like the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers, will begin the 2020-21 season without any home crowd support, at least initially.
Not having a full house for a Detroit Pistons game is not ideal. There has been a decline in the number of Pistons fans attending games in recent years, but they still provide the team with enthusiasm. It’s time for the Detroit Pistons to come up with their own. Dwane Casey, the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, has been preparing his squad for their new normal ahead of Friday’s preseason game against the New York Knicks.
There will be a different atmosphere in the gym because there will be no one in it, Casey added. There will be no family, friends, or fans in the room, so “we’re going to have to provide our energy, our unity”
With a mix of youthful players and experienced players who aren’t afraid to speak up, the Pistons have assembled a formidable squad. Casey underlined that the team will have to improve their communication on the field.
Talking on the court could assist develop team camaraderie among colleagues who are still getting to know one another, given a large number of newcomers on the roster.
You’ll have to bring your enthusiasm and energy, Casey warned. “It’ll be like playing in a YMCA gym,” he said.
Playing in an empty arena has its advantages for some athletes. There is no doubt that it will help the rookies adjust to life in a new league. It was pointed out by the two that rookies would not have to cope with hostile fan bases.
In his rookie season, Jackson had a difficult time dealing with the pressures of the spotlight. With all of the hollering supporters, “You never know what you’re going to receive,” it’s difficult to concentrate on the game.
When Casey was following the NBA’s pre-draft process this offseason, he noticed these advantages. Players like Jamal Murray in Denver and Tyler Herro in Miami and others were blossoming in his eyes. When the squad travels, he wishes to see the confidence of his rookies grow.
According to Casey, he hopes the car trip will be similar to walking across the street to a gym. Fans and boos don’t have to get in your way. There were a lot of promising young players in the bubble, and we expect the same on the road.”
There would be no cheering crowds for the players, but Casey stated that the NBA has come up with unique ways to deal with the empty stadiums.
There would be “various aesthetics” with the arena, whether it’s the virtual humans on the boards or just different displays, he said. For this reason, “I think we’ve been very adaptable and being able to adapt to different situations, and this will be nothing different with the NBA.”