What do we all think about a mid-October end of the NBA season?
The speculation yesterday – and it goes with the hints I’ve been getting from people who may or may not really know — is a late July start to something approximating the end of season that’ll lead to the possibility of a Game 7 of the NBA Finals being played on Oct. 12.
Seems a long time away until you realize IT’S ALREADY FREAKING JUNE, so four months from now to get through some kind of training camp and then an ambitious “season” that includes 22 of the 30 teams and then the four rounds of playoffs. The timeline certainly seems logical, especially when you consider the playoffs alone take almost two months to complete.
Now, I think it’s too ambitious with too many teams, too many chances for it to go off the rails and the longer lasting impact is going to be pretty hard to stomach in some places.
We’ll leave speculation on the details of what this season looks like until we get some more firm facts – likely tomorrow I’m still hearing — but let’s guess as to what comes after.
It’s logical to think that a mid-October finish means a late October draft, a truncated free-agent period that might go into the start of December and then a “summer league” season that’s likely to consume the end of October and the start of December.
And knowing that 22 teams and the league are going to have to have at least time to catch their collective breath, the absolute earliest you can see a 2020-21 season beginning is right around Christmas Day, if not later.
Maybe that’s not too bad, of course.
But imagine if you’re one of the eight teams not included in this restart.
It will mean you’ve not been able to do anything from March until Christmas, eight months or so of inactivity for your players, coaches, front office, ticket sellers and the people who have to coax money out of corporate sponsors that are likely struggling with their finances.
Man, that’s a lot of time.
As we’ve said countless times since the idea of resuming the season became something that would probably happen, keeping it short and simple – 16 teams would have been great, 20 in a World Cup group plan would be optimal to me and it would have meant three playoff rounds rather than four in surely a time-saving schedule – was the best plan.
Too many teams, a convoluted process that includes some kind of “play-in” round for the final playoff spots strikes me as unnecessarily complicated and certainly too lengthy.
We’ll see, I suppose, precisely what Adam Silver has in mind some time tomorrow afternoon following the NBA’s board of governors meeting but I think I’m going to come away disappointed with what they come up with.
I’m sure you’re all just saving all the great questions for the weekend mailbag to drop them all on me later in the week.
But I suspect tomorrow’s going to be kind of busy after the NBA does its thing and there’s sure to be cleanup after that story on Friday and Saturday. I really don’t want to have to work too hard or too long.
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Gumby tells me there’s a report out of New York yesterday that perhaps Foley’s will indeed reopen and be reimagined at some unknown time in the future.
And since I have no idea if I’ll ever set foot in New York or the United States again, even that kind of vague news is good news.
Was nice to catch up with Nick Nurse for a few minutes yesterday morning, even if the topic of our discussion was not something I ever imagined we’d speak about.
But I didn’t get to put this in the news story and wish I had.
It is much more than personal experience and my own history speaking when I say this, with no doubt about it’s truth whatsoever: generally, no group of professional coaches is more willing and able and quite comfortable with stepping back from the games to try to affect change and create awareness of issues better than NBA coaches do.
You don’t see it as consistently or across the board with hockey coaches or baseball managers, and football managers are the worst of the lot, I’d say.
NBA coaches? They get it.
And I’m glad they do.
I absolutely 100 per cent did write a story on an app for horse racing bettors and for those unfamiliar with my technological deficiencies, it was no mean feat and I apologize now for whatever it was I messed up.
But I did download it right after our conversation, looked at it and my head didn’t explode so maybe I’m getting the hang of some of this stuff. Plus I knew how to find it and get it and that’s an accomplishment, trust me.
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