Now, I know what you are probably thinking. Patrick Mahomes was the Superbowl winning quarterback and MVP of the Superbowl. In case you did not know every winning quarterback of the Superbowl game goes to Disney World when they win the big game. But now times are a little different and its no NFL player going to Disney World this time, but instead the NBA is playing the rest of their season in Disney World due to the coronavirus.
The NBA will be resuming July 31st and will finish their season in the most magical place on earth. Not all teams will be playing in Disney though. The top 8 teams in each conference will be returning to play, but also only 6 other wildcard teams are going to be joining them as well those teams being, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, and the Phoenix Suns. Those 6 teams had the best records amongst all the teams in the NBA outside of the 16 playoff teams.
There is a good amount of NBA players that are not on board with this idea. Damian Lillard openly said to the media that he will sit out the rest of this season if it were to resume. Another big name that is in disagreement with going to Disney is Kyrie Irving. He wants to sit out for other reasons then just the fear of the coronavirus, but he is injured anyways and was already ruled out for the rest of the season. Players also do not want to have to leave their family behind, or their home city either. On the other hand, you have players like Joel Embiid who came out and said he has been working out 6 days a week for the past month claiming he has something to prove. We need that type of energy throughout the whole league. It is year 1 and it is possible that we will be getting a glimpse of a Zion Williamson vs Lebron James playoff matchup.
For the first time since 2011 the Golden State Warriors will not be in the playoffs. Yes, they have dealt with all the possible injuries and setbacks losing Klay Thompson for the season before it even started because of his ACL tear in the Finals the year before. Steph Curry hurt his hand and had to get surgery on it sidelining him for almost the whole season. Curry came back a little too late especially since the season shut down, he had no chance of bringing them back into playoff talks. Things are definitely going to be a little weird not seeing them play for a ring this year, but hey this is something we all wanted right?
The Lakers are coming in hot obviously having one of the best records in the league and have the best NBA duo in the NBA with Lebron James and Anthony Davis. They are obviously the front runner to win this year with Curry and the Golden State Warriors not standing in their way this year. Lebron is going for Jordan status fighting for his 4th ring this year and he is a man on a mission.
Now, a team that people are sleeping on that could potentially make a run is the Oklahoma City Thunder. You are probably thinking “Chris Paul in the playoffs, good one”. Yes, Chris Paul does not have the best track record in the playoffs, but they did something special this year. They were the hottest team on the road going into the NBA shutdown. Their last 19 games they ended with a road record of 16-3. Now they get to play on the road for the rest of the season, and no other team really even has a home court advantage anymore. I am sure that the Thunder are coming in hot and ready to take the restart to the season by storm.
It has been 3 months since we have gotten any action from the NBA and we still have a little over a month till it is officially back as well. As a former season ticket holder for the 76ers, I have been missing the boys ball out on the court and cannot wait for the NBA to get started back up. We are finally getting sports back and the NBA fan base cannot be more excited about this. Everyone mark your calendars because when July 31st is here, things are about to start getting wild.