How potential G League cancellation could affect NBA rosters
Though the NBA only recently crowned a champion in the 2019-20 campaign, the league remains at the forefront of how North American professional sports will operate in the coronavirus pandemic. With the NBA being the first major sport to halt its season in the early portion of the pandemic, the league then finished its season in a safe, protected environment in Orlando. One wonders how the G League will move forward.
As the 2021 campaign looms for the NBA, the G League must be taken into consideration as well — especially with a new crop of talent slated to enter the league in the coming months.
According to a recent report from Marc Berman of The New York Post, all options appear to be on the table for the G League in 2021.
“According to industry sources, there have been discussions of various scenarios for a G-League campaign, including not holding one at all and expanding NBA rosters instead,” Berman writes. “One plan could feature having a handful of week-long G-League showcases in a bubble setting to ensure young players stay active. If a more normalized G-League season is attempted, sources said it would have to be with a regionalized schedule to reduce travel.”
Of course, the G League is essential to what the NBA does — even if it doesn’t receive nearly as much attention. Because of the amount of talented players that are forgoing years of collegiate eligibility in order to receive a shot at playing at the highest level, this developmental league often serves as a crucial piece of the puzzle.