Says Chris Mannix on SI.com:
“It’s f—— crazy right now,” an NBA coach told SI. “Honestly, we go to work every day wondering who is going to be available.”
The NBA should consider a return to a bubble, if only for self-preservation.
For years the league has worked to make sure star players were available for high-profile games.
Kevin Durant was sidelined for last Thursday’s nationally televised game against Philly. Jayson Tatum could miss two ESPN-televised games against Philly if he is forced to sit out a full two weeks.
The Sixers Seth Curry is out after scoring 28 points in a win over the Wiz.
Television ratings—something the NBA keeps a close eye on—could suffer.
A bubble doesn’t solve everything. But it’s been proven to allow the league to safely finish a season. It’s not ideal. But it may be what’s left.