NBA games have been suspended since March 11 after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Gobert was the first professional athlete in the United States to test positive for the novel coronavirus. As a result, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver postponed the season.
In the months that followed, the NBA has been working diligently to resume the season, in some way, shape or form. Thus, when the idea of having the NBA season resume in Disney World in Orlando, Fla. was discussed, it seemed like the best place to play.
Basketball games are back! Sort of…
Now, after about four or so months of waiting, NBA games are back. However, they’re not in the same capacity as before as teams play in empty courts with players six feet apart on the bench. Also, there are only 10-minute quarters to help the players get back into game shape.
NBA: Watching games like “a kid in a candy shop” (117 seconds)
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Although these games are just scrimmages, there is a lot to look forward to. Seeing actual live basketball is something that was unheard of in the months following the postponement of the season, especially considering the daunting task of trying to play sports amid a pandemic.
That said, it’s important to note that some players have elected to skip the resumption of the season, be it for family or health concerns. Nevertheless, it is great to see NBA basketball in some capacity, even if the games are just scrimmages for the time being. The rest of the NBA season begins on July 30 and will last until mid-October.
Shooting Bricks – An NBA Podcast
In this week’s episode of the Shooting Bricks Podcast, Jarrod Castillo, Gerrel Sayles and Daniel Huynh also discuss the happenings in MLB, particularly with the Toronto Blue Jays. The trio also talks about if Derrick Rose should have gotten a contract similar to ones Mookie Betts and Patrick Mahomes got and more.