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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra speaks out on how coronavirus will change NBA, basketball world

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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra believes everyone in the NBA is going to have more gratitude for basketball since it has been taken away from us due to COVID-19.

The NBA suspended the season after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus:

“Our entire industry is going to have more gratitude for this beautiful game,” Erik Spoelstra told Heat reporters during a conference call on Wednesday.

“I truly do hope there won’t be talk of the dog days in the middle of an 82-game season. I think anybody would take any of those days right now.”

Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, some talking heads were saying the NBA should reduce the regular-season by 20 games or so to make it more exciting and meaningful.

It’s safe to say we won’t hear those opinions anymore.

The Heat were in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings before the season was suspended. Miami had a solid record of 41-24.

Led by All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, the Heat were on their way to making the playoffs after missing it in 2018-19.

NBA owners would like to resume the season in the summer if the virus dies down. The playoffs are where the league makes most of its money, so playing the 2020 postseason in its entirety will be a priority.