With the NBA confirming the Golden State Warriors will host the Brooklyn Nets without any fans in attendance at the Chase Center on Thursday, reaction to the decision is starting to pour in.
Warriors leader and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry spoke to the media following the announcement and he is expecting to notice the different before he even sets foot into the building (h/t Anthony Slater of The Athletic).
“Everything about our routines, that kind of game day energy, pulling up to the arena, seeing fans outside of Chase, walking around, all the Warriors jerseys,” Curry said. “The energy in the building, you can feel it all the way to the locker room, through the tunnel.”
Steph Curry discusses what it’ll be like playing an NBA game without fans. Said he still wants music. pic.twitter.com/ZIHDu4tlND— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 11, 2020
Although Curry expects things to be slightly off entering the Chase Center, he is hoping things will be normal in regard to game day presentation, such as music and the PA announcer.
The 31-year-old will look back at a regular season game from 2017 for some perspective.
“I remember the game in New York a couple of years ago, they did kind of an old school throwback game with no PA announcer, but there were fans in the crowd. That was even weird where you didn’t have like defense chants or instrumentals,” Curry said. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it, but at the end of the day, once we start playing, probably won’t think about too much of that.”
Curry believes all the players will feel normal again once the game tips off.
“There’s going to be a lot guys out there, just kind of observing how different the situation and the atmosphere is. Trying to play and actual NBA game that counts with no fans in the seats,” Curry said. “Once the game actually starts and you see another team out there, it’ll be weird, but I think we will kind of get into that flow fairly easily.”