Report: Chance of traditional NBA postseason is out, with Las Vegas representing only serious option
The future of the 2019-20 NBA season is still in limbo, but any hopes of having a traditional postseason are long gone. According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the NBA is keenly aware that it can’t hold the playoffs as they are constructed and hope to have a reasonable end to this campaign.
While many options have been discussed, Las Vegas is the only city league executives are seriously targeting to resume the season, but even that prospect poses many challenges.
Still, executives in several front offices are hopeful the league will do everything in its power to allow for a conclusion to the 2019-20 campaign:
“I think they’re turning over every rock they possibly can to play and looking at every different outcome,” said Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks.
“We believe that we’re going to play and everything we’re doing every day and our communications and our preparations, everything we talk about is be prepared to play at some point and finish out the season and have a resumption,” said Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst.
Yet playing in Las Vegas would require major testing for all players, coaches, and essential personnel involved, plus hotels to provide shelter for the aforementioned.
Doing so could be a huge undertaking, but surely the safest way of resuming the season with a potential play-in tournament and shortened playoff series to decide who wins it all. Other options are being discussed as well, but for now a lot has to change before games are actually played again:
“We all want to play. But we all know we can’t play until things are dramatically different,” said a team executive.
To resume play, it would involve making sacrifices and dealing with change for the sake of the game — two aspects that could face some resistance in the coming months.