What a time to do an NBA podcast! Literally.
And you have to hear it to believe it!
On the latest episode of the Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum, it’s a very special podcast with teammate and future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony.
But, not only is it the 100th episode of the Pull Up Pod with CJ McCollum, it was also recorded when the news broke that the NBA season was going to be suspended indefinitely.
This was a real-time reaction from both McCollum and Melo.
The two Trail Blazer starters discussed what it means for players, fans and the league.
We're LIVE. We just dropped episode 100 of Pull Up with special guest @carmeloanthony. This was an unforgettable one. @CJMcCollum, @Schultz_Report and Melo found out that the NBA season had been suspended right in the middle of recording.https://t.co/gaEy3GD8VO— Pull Up Podcast (@PullUpPod) March 13, 2020
McCollum first read the alert of the Jazz and Thunder game being cancelled with the Rudy Gobert news coming out of him testing positive for the coronavirus.
Both McCollum and Anthony first discussed how much money the league was going to lose if all the NBA games were to still be played, but without fans.
And then… The big news bomb dropped at the 20:30 mark of the podcast.
McCollum broke the news to Melo.
"This is crazy. This really caught me off guard," CJ McCollum said.
The two discussed the financial ramifications.
Nobody knew this was going to happen and as athletes we never think it can happen to us. So we are always like -- oaky we’re good, okay I got this money, I got that money. It’s not until you hit a crisis when you really understand how much money you have and what you have in the bank and what you don’t have in the bank…. It’s going to get bad. It’s going to get really, really bad. -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony on his initial thoughts of the suspended season news
McCollum also mentioned that for the past couple of weeks each player would get their temperature taken before entering the practice facility. “But, they say you won’t have symptoms for 14 days, so your temperature could be perfect," McCollum said. "Like, I’m 98 or whatever, everyday. Fourteen days from now… I could have a virus or someone else could have the virus and you’ve been great for 14 days."
Before the news broke, McCollum and Melo discussed the financial burden it will put on hourly arena workers and those in the sports world who will be affected.
The podcast also took a deep dive on the term ‘stay Melo.’
Plus, Anthony told McCollum, “I needed Portland at this time in my career,” as the 17-year veteran went through his entire journey of deciding to sign with the Trail Blazers last November.
Listen to entire podcast right here.