Houston Rockets: NBA restarting operations at Disney is a novel concept

ESPN Wide World of Sports | Houston Rockets (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets will likely be heading to Florida to finish out their season within an insulated “bubble” of sorts. Here’s why the idea is novel.

It’s definitely apparent that there will be an end to the means of the Houston Rockets‘ season with the league putting together the final particulars of what a restart of the 2019-20 season would look like.

The Houston Rockets abruptly paused their season after a 117-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and the waiting game has been played since that moment.  We have yet to see Mike D’Antoni‘s experiment of continuity of the success of the team without a center and that’s all coming into fruition right at this moment by the NBA.

The Houston Rockets are currently sitting at a 40-24 record — tied for 5th — in the Western Conference so the sky truly is the limit for this team as they have an opportunity to end this season with some upswing to their step.

It’s working with a lineup of James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Robert Covington with the rest of the supporting cast to ensure that this campaign is a successful one.

There’s a lot to look forward to…

Marc Stein of the New York Times has reported that the NBA is in discussions with the Walt Disney Co. to resume the season on ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in late July.

Disney is the parent of ESPN and one of two of their largest television partners — the other is Turner Broadcasting Co. — so it makes sense for a deal to be made to allow the use of these facilities to finish up the season.

The complex comprises of 220 acres on the Disney World resort — which is currently shut down because of the pandemic — and includes nine venues that cover just about every sport that you can think of.

The two specific venues that the NBA would use profusely is The Arena — a facility that just

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opened in early 2018 and HP Field House where likely multiple games will be played.  It won’t be surprising to see multiple games going in the facility simultaneously in order to quickly get the schedule finished up.

Of course, with them being on the resort, there are a plethora of top-notch lodging facilities and the NBA will be able to shuttle players back-and-forth, rapidly test for COVID-19 in an environment that would be absolutely conducive to an isolated playing bubble that the league wants.

It’s a novel concept that hasn’t been done before — there has always been some sort of travel between cities since the league’s inception in 1946 — so it will be interesting to see how this works.

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I do like this idea and although nothing would make me happier than being able to see my guys in person at Toyota Center, I’ll be happily watching from home.

Let’s get something going!