This year’s NBA playoffs will be very demanding and very unpredictable. At the start of the season, we saw new line-ups with new star alignments. Then we saw the season shaken hard by the corona crisis. Coming back, the season was shortened, and the restart games confined to a single site, taking away the traditional homecourt advantage for the regular season race leaders, which brings forth a new dynamic to the game.
The greatest take-away from the resumption of the games is no longer about basketball. Its meaning, its very significance has transcended the game itself. The NBA has demonstrated it is capable of becoming bigger than basketball. More than the entertainment value it provides, the Restart offers a venue to promote safety protocols amid this pandemic. It provides a vehicle to promote social reforms. It provides an inspiration to the world, that by standing together, we can overcome all adversities.
Who will be crowned King of the ‘New Norm’ kingdom? Who will survive the fast and furious fight to the finals? In a battle of quick skirmishes, fast schedules and less time to mend ailing bones, the team with the deeper bench will win it all.
The NBA’s bold decision to finish the season – amid the risks and uncertainties – is indeed refreshing. It is an act signifying a dogged determination – a defiance, if you will – to survive. Against an uncommon, invisible enemy, it is a statement of support for all of humanity. Despite the problems besetting us today, despite the deadly contagion and the social inequities and all, there will always be a new day ahead.
To determine MY GOAT, I tried to think of a set of criteria from which to base my judgement. To do this, I thought that statistical analysis would be the best way to go. However, I realized that these figures must be subjected to generational differences as well. Both players are admittedly the best in their generation, but the generational style and rules will render the comparison quite subjective. I’ve got my GOAT. Who you got?
The new format used for the 2020 NBA All-Star was a huge success, ensuring that players remain competitive till the very end. There should be more of this in the future.