In an interview withÂ Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Brooklyn Nets big man Jarrett Allen expressed uncertainty about whether players will be able to fully abide by the rules of the NBA bubble in Walt Disney World later this month.
â€œItâ€™s going to be 310 players or something like that. Take NBA players out of it: Thatâ€™s a lot of people to make sure you have complete control and complete guidelines over. Then you add the NBA aspect, a bunch of grown men in this situation. We have our needs, we have our wants, and you know how we are,â€ Allen said with a smile. â€œI agree thereâ€™s going to be some level of hardship like Dame [Damian Lillard] said.â€
Despite the varying levels of apprehension Allen feels the players are in good hands with the NBA and Walt Disney World.
â€œFor everybody, including myself, itâ€™s a little bit of worry. Weâ€™re all going to an unknown,â€ Allen said. â€œBut at the end of the day, I have no doubt the two powerhouses â€” Disney and the NBA â€” are coming up with the best solution for us. Obviously, thereâ€™s a little doubt in my mind; weâ€™re all human. But Iâ€™m confident.
Allen ultimately determined his best choice was to suit up for Brooklyn this summer.
â€œI did question myself whether itâ€™s worth risking my health. But at the end of the day, weighing the options, itâ€™s better for me to go.â€
The Brooklyn Nets could use some more big men
Head coach Jacque Vaughn’s rotation will be thin inside, as center DeAndre Jordan will be sitting out the resumption of the NBA season in the wake of testing positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, fellow big man Nic Claxton is out for the season with a shoulder injury, and forward Wilson Chandler announced he will also be sitting out.
Allen feels there’s “some” pressure on him to answer the bell.
â€œThere is some pressure. I donâ€™t want to say Iâ€™m the last big standing, as bad as that sounds. Thereâ€™s some pressure for me to be able to stay healthy and help the team succeed,â€ Allen said.
â€œIâ€™ve been in this position beforeâ€¦ Rookie year I was the main big playing, then last year when Ed [Davis] got hurt I had the load, and this year this happened. I just need to come out and prove Iâ€™m able to play at this level again.â€
Allen is averaging 10.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game this season.