‘Last thing’ NBA wants to do is cancel 2020 playoffs, claims ESPN’s Brian Windhorst
Since the NBA makes a lot of its revenue during the playoffs, ESPN insider Brian Windhorst claims the “last thing” the league wants to do is cancel the 2020 playoffs altogether.
Windhorst believes the NBA will remain motivated to have a normal playoff schedule, even if it means shortening the end of the 2019-20 regular season.
As transcribed by RealGM:
“When it comes to the time frame in the league, I know people are talking about July or August, as far as I’m concerned, when you get down to it, the last thing the NBA wants to do is cancel the playoffs,” Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective Podcast.
“They will wait until, in my view, the last possible second to do that. Whether or not they have to play a series of single-elimination games, they will not want to do that.”
After suspending the season last week, NBA owners want to resume the season in July or perhaps even August if they have to do it. First, though, we have to wait for the coronavirus pandemic to die down.
To recall, the CDC is recommending no large gathers of 50 or more people for the next two months.
The 2011-12 lockout season began on Christmas. There has been talk that the 2020-21 NBA season could begin in December, but first the league has to figure out how its going to finish the current campaign.
The Milwaukee Bucks have the top record in the NBA, while the Los Angeles Lakers are in first place in the Western Conference standings. Most NBA pundits had Bucks superstar small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo winning his second straight MVP award despite the season LeBron James was having for the Lakers.