With basketball set to return in what has become a unique season, the NBA has kicked things off with an enticing commercial featuring Issa Rae.
The NBA's slogan, "It's a Whole New Game" perfectly depicts the upcoming restart and postseason.
A four-month pause has given teams and players the chance to heal, recharge, and come back to what normally would be a new season–but it's not. Now more than ever, teams that may have not been expected to make the finals or even playoffs just might have a chance, if the stars align at the right time. If you're going against betting odds, here are two teams from each conference we believe have the possibility to make a surprise run in the playoffs this year.
NBA teams were informed by the league last Friday that none of the seeding games slated to start on July 30th will be taken into consideration for the postseason player awards.
Included in the memo was the following: "The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 teams will have the same opportunity to be honored as top performers for the regular season."
This means that all individual awards will be based solely on the season up to the March 11th pause. However, statistical awards will remain up for grabs until the end of the seeding games sometime in mid-August.
Now that it is known that all player awards will be solely based on play before the March 11th pause, we can equitably assemble our picks to win the NBA's top awards.
The NBA is leading the way in a mental health movement within the sporting world. Athletes such as Kevin Love want to create a better environment around mental health
Exacerbating mental health concerns in the NBA is the fact that 22 teams have headed to Walt DisneyLand Resort to finish the season inside "the bubble": the 220-acre ESPN sports complex that will be the home to NBA crew and teams over the next few months in order to finish the season with minimal exposure to the public.
With some athletes voicing concerns over having to live in isolation away from family and loved ones for possibly months, the NBA has reportedly put an emphasis on mental health and making resources available to the teams inside the bubble.