Houston Rockets: Full-team competition scenario is best for NBA restart

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets start of the season is getting ever closer and the scenario of how the NBA will restart is being discussed. The best route? All teams.

The Houston Rockets will likely be the first of the Big 3 professional sports teams to get things started with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver surging forward with a plan that will finish up the 2019-20 season.

A champion needs to be crowned for this season and with whatever way this all plays out, all teams deserve a fair shot and the opportunity for the postseason.  It appeared as if the Los Angeles Lakers were on a likely path to win the championship because of the strong level of play from LeBron James and a relatively healthy Anthony Davis.

It likely was going happen but with teams being off for two months, there’s a lot of unhealthy players that will be rested, healthy and ready to rock once things do get started.  One of the greatest beneficiaries will be Eric Gordon, who had been battling a lingering knee issue and I think he’s likely to be healthy, to which what they need by the time things get going.

Pictures have surfaced of James Harden losing a tremendous amount of weight — likely intentionally — and this may be beneficial to him for ultimate durability through what could be a great shot for this team to win a championship.  Harden has always been a sort of an iron man himself but thinks this helps him even more.

But anyway, the Association has been discussing of a multitude of scenarios on how to restart and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on what they’re discussing:

Do you know which one I’m throwing my hat in on?  I’m ALL for the full 30-team scenario as it keeps all teams inclusive and a legitimate shot at a chance at a postseason or even an eventual championship.

The season could be potentially reset to 72 games with a play-in tournament to decide playoff seeding.  Now that will take a few months to complete so it would be this fall by the time they’d be complete with the season.

In a survey that was sent to NBA GMs recently, they prefer for the season to end no later than Oct. 1 — since the 2020-21 season will tentatively start in December — and a slight majority prefer to maintain the traditional seeding that has been set forth, a method with just a few tweaks since 1985.

So the 30-game format could work in those circumstances.  I want all teams to be inclusive of the

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conclusion of this season and I don’t think the games will be meaningless as we’ll still get to see our favorite stars take the court, even if it’s a team that is not destined for the postseason.

Michael Jordan has brought up concerns about player safety — and they’re warranted — and an elimination of those teams that weren’t going to qualify would be a decision that would support that but the utmost of safety will still be kept in mind.

But if the bubble is smaller, then that’s less to manage to stay healthy over a length of time.

More than likely, a medium between 16 teams going to straight to the playoffs or the full 30-team format will be decided upon.  But I honestly think the latter is the best way to go to ensure that the promotion of the brand across all franchises is as high as possible and everybody involved has a shot to succeed.

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We’ll have to see what the league decides on but it’s time to hold onto our hats, Houston Rockets basketball is on the horizon!