In the sixth part we show Kawhi Leonard’s legendary game winner. Also included: The grandiose block by Manu Ginobili, who secured the victory with his effort against James Harden. .
We don’t know anything.
That point cannot be stressed enough. We. Know. Nothing.
We do not know when the COVID-19 pandemic will peak, or when it will pass or how many will die.
We do not know when bars, restaurants and schools will reopen or when the “social distancing” will disappear in a strange, bizarre memory.
We don’t know when life will return to normal.
So we can’t predict when the NBA will resume playing. Or where those games will be played. Or if fans will be admitted to the stands. Or if there is enough time to finish the regular season and play a full season before the league has to start again in the fall. Or if The next the season could also be shortened. Or when it might start.
We don’t know anything.
Some of the league’s brightest minds are intensively drawing up contingency contingency plans and contingencies, but it’s very, very, too early to know what’s realistic or what’s likely.
Will the NBA still hold the draft lottery on May 19? Will the envelopes be torn in an empty ballroom? Or will the NBA abandon that invention made for TV and simply broadcast the pingpong draw?
Oh, and while we’re here: how will the probabilities be set? Based on the rankings, how are they now? Or is the whole thing put off until (and if) they play for the rest of the season?
Who knows? (Spoiler: none.)
Or, imagine this: an NBA draft without the editors. No slick seed. No accessories for ritual hats. No green room full of nervous parents with tearful eyes. Only Commissioner Adam Silver, only on the podium.
Or maybe the event takes place as usual, only with the bumps of the elbow that replace the traditional handshake of the commish.
Possible? We do not know. No one knows.
Everything and everything is on the table. And yes, this includes canceling the rest of the 2019-2020 season.
“Of course it’s possible,” Silver conceded Thursday Within the NBA.
Stressing the point: Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cancellation or referral recommended all events with 50 or more people for the eight weeks later. It would take us around May 10th.
Could the NBA then start again and squeeze in each team’s remaining regular season games? Or would we jump to the playoffs? If the season never starts again, will the NBA still distribute post-season prizes?
What about the free agency? Summer championship?
A big shrug emoji.
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But since the cancellation of the season–a first in the history of the NBA–it’s now in the realm of possibilities, it’s time to meditate on all the strange consequences, like …
The Toronto Raptors would enjoy a two-year reign as reigning champions. But for them (for now) they would have been denied the opportunity to repeat, with Pascal Siakam as the new center.
The Lakers would have been denied the first chance of getting a title since 2010.
LeBron James could lose his last, best chance of winning another championship or another MVP award. He turns 36 in December. He recorded 58,000 minutes. How long can he play at the superstar level?
The Milwaukee Bucks would have had their best season in half a century torn away. Giannis Antetokounmpo would like the hopes on the title to be disappointed–and with a free agency looming in 2021. If his future in Milwaukee depended on Bucks being worthy of the title, what would a lost season be like–and all the uncertainties connected to it – influence your decision? Have they proven enough to convince him?
If the season is over, the prize race would be too. So Antetokounmpo would almost certainly repeat itself as an MVP (on James, who needed those last 19 games to overcome it). And Ja Morant would have been a staple to win the Rookie of the Year (on Zion Williamson, who played only 19 games).
Williamson would have lost the chance to race in eighth seed with New Orleans. Morant, whose Mizzhis Grizzlies are frozen in eighth place, would be denied his debut in the playoffs.
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis would do the same.
The Los Angeles Clippers would miss their first real hit in a final. Kawhi Leonard’s quest to be the first player to lead three franchise series would have been delayed. And the Clippers’ window to win with Leonard and Paul George, before they joined the free agency, would have gone down to a year.
If the season is over, the debate between L.A. and the. will remain unstable.
We will never know to what extent small Houston Rockets missiles could bring their bold experiment. And Mike D’Antoni may have already coached his last game of Rockets.
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will not show what they learned from their broken heart last spring, or whether it is worth continuing the collaboration between Embiid and Simmons in Philly.
We won’t see if Chris Paul can take the Oklahoma City Thunder where Russell Westbrook couldn’t in the post-KD era–in the second round. Or if a healthy Jusuf Nurkic can rally the Portland Trail Blazers to a playoff spot.
We will be denied a month of Steph Curry magic after having already been robbed of four months of Steph Curry magic.
New York fans will miss another eight nights singing “Sell. The. Team.”
If the season is over, it could also be Gregg Popovich’s legendary race with the San Antonio Spurs. Insiders considered it a 50-50 bet to be withdrawn before the league closed. (Or maybe the truncated season motivates him to come back?)
Vince Carter, still drenched at 43, would finally be gone forever. Carmelo Anthony, who turns 36 in May–and whose career appeared before Portland threw him a lifeline–it could also be. The same goes for Udonis Haslem (39), Kyle Korver (39) and Tyson Chandler (37).
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If the season is over, every free-agent-to-star will soon think about his next move. Brandon Ingram may already be a former pelican, Fred VanVleet an ex bird of prey, Gordon Hayward an ex Celtic, Montrezl Harrell an ex-cutter, Danilo Gallinari an ex-thunder and Joe Harris an ex-net.
Of course, in an NBA economy devastated by incalculable revenue losses, perhaps the market isn’t as frothy.
If the season is over, end with James Harden as scoring champion (34.4 points per game) for the third consecutive year; LeBron as assistant leader (10.6 per game) for the first time in his career; Andre Drummond as bouncing champion (15.2 per game) for the third consecutive year and Hassan Whiteside as block leader (3.1 per game). Mitchell Robinson would end up with the highest goal rate in NBA history (.742).
And no playoffs would mean losing two months of buzzers, grudges and Game 7, along with all those wonderful “Gone Fishin ‘” collages featuring TNT guys.
So maybe we will need it even before the season starts–with enough space for 450 players, 30 coaches, 70 referees and a few million melancholy fans. Yes, we will need a bigger boat.
Howard Beck, a senior writer for Bleacher Report, has been covering the NBA full-time since 1997, including seven years on the Laker joke for the Los Angeles Daily News and nine years as a staff writer for the New York Times. Its coverage was honored by APSE in 2016 and 2017 and by the Professional Basketball Writers Association in 2018.
Beck also hosts the Full 48 podcast, available on iTunes.
Follow him on Twitter, @HowardBeck.
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While many in the crowd expected it to be rusty, Curry didn’t have time to feel at home.
The Golden State Warriors are languishing with the NBA’s worst record, Curry has brought back the fun – from his first pass.
At the start of the first one, Curry took the ball with the defenders rushing against the star.
He leaned in and, as he ran across the field, launched a bold passage behind his back, hitting Andrew Wiggins under the net.
He was creative, he was glorious, it was exactly what Warriors fans needed in a difficult year.
Curry admitted that after the game he shouldn’t have harnessed the pass.
“I was training a couple of days ago and I was working on that kind of steps and I wanted to work on it a bit more, but Q (Bruce Fraser) closed me down,” said Curry. “He was like,” we won’t have any of those first games, but it’s going to be simple. “And then I launched my first real pass, so I’m sure he smiled too.”
“I didn’t even know it was really coming,” Wiggins said with a smile. : You know I was just watching, watching because I knew he could come, but then when he went behind his back, I just tried to catch him and finish the game for him because he was a passing hell.
But Curry didn’t make it there either, finishing 23 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in 27 minutes.
However, it wasn’t enough to stop the Raptors, with reigning NBA champions returning to the playoffs.
While it’s a huge accomplishment for a team that lost Kawhi Leonard, it has been overshadowed by Curry’s performance.
While hitting six by 16 from the ground and three by 12 from beyond the arc, he also showed he hadn’t missed a beat, nailing a 35 foot with the stopwatch running out.
He also played in four points after being injured in the third quarter.
Commentators said that “the energy in this building is different” with Curry on the floor.
“It was great. There was a lot of energy, “Curry said.” The expectation of going back out there tonight, just stepping out on the floor and seeing what would happen. It’s a good time just with the enthusiasm and energy in the building. I wasn’t unsure what to expect with the restrictions on minutes and everything else, just trying to make my first shot and get comfortable out there. During the 27 minutes, it was great. “
The mood was good for the Warriors, despite having the worst record in the league, with the return of Curry who moved the conversation with the Washington Post I’m already talking about the return of the Golden State to the championship.
Coach Steve Kerr has also been positive.
“For me, it looks like it’s on again,” said Kerr. “We are now going through the woods, as I said before the game, and we can start looking forward and use these games to prepare ourselves to try to reach a higher level of play.”
Originally published as a dirty act by the NBA superstar on the return
Kobe Bryant’s widow sued the helicopter owner who crashed in the fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers star and their 13-year-old daughter last month while publicly mourning their deaths Monday in a emotional public ceremony.
Vanessa Bryant’s wrongful death lawsuit filed with Los Angeles Superior Court stated that the pilot was negligent and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions on January 26 and was to have stopped the flight that killed all nine people on board. The cause is called Island Express Helicopters Inc. and also addresses the representative or successor of pilot Ara Zobayan, listed only as “Doe 1” until a name can be determined.
The lawsuit claims that Zobayan has been negligent in eight different ways, including failing to properly estimate the weather, flying in conditions for which he has not been authorized and failing to control the helicopter.
He said the company “promotes and engages in unnecessary and unnecessarily risky means of transportation in such circumstances.”
It was filed on the morning when a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and all the victims, including Zobayan, was held to an exhausted crowd at the Staples Center, the arena where Bryant spent most of his career . Late night host Jimmy Kimmel read Zobayan’s name among the victims and encouraged donations to a fund set up for their families.
Bryant, his daughter Gianna and six of their friends were traveling to a basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy when the helicopter crashed.
Zobayan, the frequent Bryant pilot, had tried to navigate in a thick fog that limited visibility to the point that the Los Angeles police and the sheriff’s departments had landed their helicopter fleets.
Under the visual flight rules that Zobayan was following, he was asked to see where he was going. Zobayan was sued by the Federal Aviation Administration in May 2015 for violating these rules by flying in low visibility airspace, the lawsuit said.
In his latest broadcast, Zobayan told air traffic control that he was climbing 1,219 meters to get through the clouds. It was 30 meters away from the cloud cover when the helicopter leaned left and plunged into a grassy hill, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The NTSB has not concluded what caused the accident in Calabasas, on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, but said there was no sign of mechanical failure. A final report has not been scheduled for about a year.
Calls to Island Express looking for comments were not answered and his voicemail was full.
The company released a statement on January 30 on its website saying that the shock of the accident had prompted him to discontinue the service until it was appropriate for staff and customers.
Island Express has had at least three previous helicopter crashes since 1985, two of them fatal, according to the NTSB crash database. All flights involved to or from the main airline destination of the island of Santa Catalina, about 32 km from the southern coast of California.