Sports leagues like the NBA were in full swing when the cancellation of sports around the country were being announced. The playoffs were set to begin in just a couple days, on April 18, before the announcement came.
On March 11, the NBA announced it was postponing the 2020 NBA season until further notice. There were still roughly 20 games left for many teams in the regular season.
This news has adversely affected hundreds of players and organizations and the storylines that were being developed during the season.
The 2020 regular season was marred with tragedies like the deaths of Kobe Bryant and former commissioner David Stern. The playoffs promised to help be entertaining with the storylines that were being built this season.
Sadly, we may not ever be able to see any of these come to fruition. LeBron chasing Michael Jordan’s legacy with a fourth title.
We may not be able to see a battle between the star-studded Los Angeles franchises. We may not be able to see if Giannis would have been able to do what no other star has been able to do and single-handedly carry a franchise to a championship.
Many experts had pondered if the season could resume in June in order to finish the entire regular season.
However, it appears more and more unlikely every day this will come true.
It is rumored now that the NBA is discussing canceling the 2020 season altogether. Some experts and analysts are looking for alternative avenues for the NBA playoffs so players may be able to find some closure to their season, even if the league doesn’t complete its entire regular season.
Former Chicago Bulls player and TV personality Jay Williams proposed on “First Take” that the NBA playoffs could be played on cruise ships where players and staff could be tested and play in an isolated environment.
Co-host of ESPN’s “First Take” Max Kellerman proposed that the playoffs should start and take place in an isolated undisclosed location.
It’s clear experts and fans alike are hoping for any way to see the NBA season resume. Like famed outspoken analyst Stephen A. Smith, I believe the season should be canceled entirely if they are unable to start playing
Smith recently said, “The NBA should call off the season if the games don’t resume by late June.”
Having a postseason that overlaps with the start of the 2020-2021 season could create implications that could last for years.
Furthermore, I think that even if a champion were crowned this year, there should be an asterisk by the winner. This time off will help and hurt different players and organizations. For teams like the Lakers who have gone all out this season, the time off would unfairly allow players like LeBron to come back in peak condition.
The Clippers, who have load-managed all season, would have been negatively affected by this time. If the organization had known that players would have multiple weeks to get healthy, it is not out of the realm of possibility they would have changed their plan of attack on the season.
It would also negatively affect teams like the Pelicans that were in a playoff hunt and were hot after inserting rookie phenom Zion Williamson into their starting lineup. This sudden start-up of the playoffs would cut them out of the playoff picture entirely.
Needless to say, it is hard to cater to everyone’s needs during a pandemic that is affecting millions. Be that as it may, I am of the mindset that the NBA should cancel the season and make the Bucks the champions, with an asterisk.
There would be no trophies or rings. Starting the postseason so late would affect things like free agency and the draft. If playoffs are still underway, how would we be able to have the draft without knowing final placement? There are too many uncertainties to continue the season. It pains me to say, but the NBA season needs to be canceled.