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- NBA targeting Sept. 25 for date of draft, sources say - May 29, 2020
- NBA has sights set on July 31 for resumption of season - May 29, 2020
- Many NBA GMs favor ‘playoff-plus’ format to postseason - May 29, 2020
While it seems the majority of NBA players want to resume the season, those on teams that have no chance at the playoffs may not be quite so sure.
“In some cases, the further down the standings teams are, the less motivation exists for a short training camp and a handful of games,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
The NBA suspended the season March 11 and the Golden State Warriors (15-50), Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46), Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45), respectively, had the three worst records. The Atlanta Hawks (20-47), Detroit Pistons (20-45) and New York Knicks (21-45) weren’t far behind.
There has been talk that the league will want to play at least some regular-season games should things resume. The reasons for that are many.
For one, the league will have to return money to regional sports networks if teams carried by those networks don’t play at least 70 games.
Secondly, regular season games can serve as a tuneup for playoff teams — and that may be needed, given the length of the layoff.
Also, a few more games in the regular season will help solidify the odds for the NBA draft lottery.
But if the players on those teams who have no chance at the playoffs aren’t motivated to play … well, it could make for some horribly ugly and uninspiring basketball that ends up messing with seeding.
It’s just one of about a million things the league will need to determine if, in fact, the season can resume at all.