Houston Rockets: Daryl Morey confident NBA will resume in 2020

Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey exuded confidence in a recent Facebook chat that the NBA will resume in 2020. What else did he say? Look.

Houston Rockets’ fans — it has been nearly a month since we’ve seen our guys in action and outside of a contractual dispute that would delay games over the NBA’s storied history, the pause caused by the world’s fight against a global pandemic is unprecedented.

Think about it?  When’s the last time in the middle of the season that you haven’t seen any games going on?  Sports is typically undefeated but COVID-19 has immense wrath and it doesn’t care about the boundaries that it crosses as well.

We all have to do our part by continuing to practice social distancing in order to try to flatten to curve to help with eradication until a vaccine is developed which will likely take another year or so.

This is like something out of a movie, it can’t be real but what has been transpiring is not fiction and we’re all affected in some way.  Nearly 2/3rds of the country is under some type of stay-at-home order or lockdown so not only sports are on pause but the way we go about our daily lives is impacted as well.

We’ll have to continue to be distant at least through the end of April with the latest announcement from the President’s Coronavirus Task Force amid the number of cases of this deadly malady continuing to increase.

We’re saving lives and I totally understand the purpose of this because eventually, these cases will

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reach a peak and then start to decrease, indicating that these measures are working.

That will certainly mean that there will be no Houston Rockets basketball in April but that’s of least concern considering the number of ill people that need to heal right now as well as those who have perished.

The Chron’s Jonathan Feigen reported the general manager Daryl Morey participated in Facebook live chat that was more along the lines of the recent documentary “When Amazing Happened,” outlining the team’s 22-game win streak back in 2007-08 season, something that I had an immense pleasure of witnessing and remember vividly.

He was asked about when the season would start and indicated that he didn’t know “but we will be back for sure.”

Morey also gave a sneak peek to how the season would resume as well by adding this:

"“We are prepping for playing Denver in case we go right to playoffs,” Morey wrote. “I don’t think we will go right to playoffs, though. But even when we play regular-season games, it is pretty likely we will play Denver.”"

Feigen mentioned that there could be some sort of quick tournament that will determine the final playoff seeding for this season, depending on when the season starts.

"“I don’t have a lot of specifics,” Morey wrote. “I just would want different tiers — some teams getting byes, some have to play into the playoffs.”"

That would be a peculiar yet exciting way to close out the season which was close to 80 percent complete anyway.  It will be a high-stakes, winner-takes-all tourney to hash things out.

Whatever it is, it will be exciting nonetheless and I hope that the NBA has that opportunity to get things resumed but this is certainly something we’ll have to monitor, especially with ongoing fluidity of the effect of this virus.

Let us hope for the best and that we all get back on track to recovery and we see James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker, Danuel House and a likely fully-healed Eric Gordon partake in their now-infamous Rockets’ small-ball lineup.

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