As the NBA gets set to restart and conclude its season under unprecedented circumstances, many are wondering just how entertaining a game without fans in the stands will be.
But there’s one way to turn up the entertainment value of the games and that’s to allow players to let loose and have fans watching at home hear all the chirping that is usually silenced by the crowd.
Rachel Nichols asked Paul Pierce and Chiney Ogwumike about this topic recently on The Jump. More specifically, she asked how much inside access was too much and if trash talk would bring up the entertainment value of games. The Truth is in favor and believes the censorship of such talk should be very limited.
“We already don’t have the fans in the stands. Let me hear all the juicy stuff. We live in a world of reality TV; I want to hear it all,” Paul said. “They’re not going to make the players look bad. They’re going to have things that are recorded that they’re not going to be able to playback. Yeah, they do that today. You know, I’ve been mic’d up, probably saying some things that they’re like, ‘Okay, we’re not gonna air that,” but the things on the court, the raw emotions, there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Watch the full extent of this hilarious conversation between Nichols, Pierce, and Ogwumike down below, and watch The Jump weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.