Amidst the turmoil in America right now, we get a WojBomb from the skies. The NBA season and eventual playoffs appear imminent!
It looks like we’re seeing the development of the first REAL plan to bring professional sports back during the COVID crisis. Let’s breakdown what this means.
Play-in for the 8 Seed
We saw a couple of iterations of how play-off seeding would work. Teams feeling it was “unfair” for them to be eliminated before the season was actually over will get their shot at the playoffs. Based on the standings, it looks like the following teams will be invited to Orlando:
- Eastern Conference
- Western Conference
- LA Lakers
- LA Clippers
- Oklahoma City
- New Orleans
- San Antonio
Candidly, it feels like some of these teams will have close to NO chance to make the playoffs, as both Washington and Phoenix sit over 5.5 games back with 8 games to play. It’s surprising they’re willing to come back and compete with the chips stacked against them, given the potential risk of exposure.
Despite the rumors, the NBA will maintain the traditional two conference format. While it would have been a good trial run for something many have been clamoring over for years, it may have been too drastic a change for players/coaches to stomach.
When Will We See Basketball Again?
July 31st, baby. Mark it on your calendars.
Given the mid-October tourney end date, it’s hard to imagine that we’ll see the 2020/21 season start on time but that’s a bridge they’ll cross down the road. But questions remain:
Will all the stars return?
How will they manage COVID if a player tests positive?
How do they compensate for “home-court advantage” in the playoffs?
How will players use their platform to address the civil unrest in America?
Over the next 24 hours, more news will inevitably break that will shed light on the situation. For now, let’s all bask in the glory of the return of American professional sports.
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