Houston Rockets: The restart scenario that’s gaining the most steam

Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets will be part of a league that will likely have an imminent start. There’s a bunch of scenarios, which is gaining steam?

You know what?  I miss my Houston Rockets dearly and it looks like things are going to be restarted soon with an imminent plan to bring them back right in front of our televisions on the hardwood.

It has been a long time coming because it has felt like an eternity as we go into our third month without any NBA action.  Who would’ve thought that there would something so serious like this pandemic to put sports on pause.

Sports is undefeated — sports never loses, sports is our go-to in times like this but it has been paused just like the daily nuances of our lives through and through.

The Houston Rockets haven’t played a game since March 11, a 117-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, an encouraging win that this team was on the right track to win with their small-ball lineup of James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington and P.J. Tucker.  They’d typically rotate between Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore or Danuel House to fill out the rest of the lineup.

They had been performing solidly and now we can hope that they will have the opportunity with a healthy roster, a slimmed-down Harden, and an energized Mike D’Antoni out to prove the world that he can win without a center and that he’s still got it at 69-years-old.

That’s slated to happen likely in July in an isolated bubble of sorts at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex on the Disney World campus in Orlando, Fla.

The league has decided that this is the best way to go and it ensures that they keep any instances of infection of the coronavirus in that environment so that way they can continue to finish out the 2019-20 season.  A positive test won’t result in a stoppage of play and it’s clearly obvious that they’ll have enough testing to ensure that they keep the playing environment safe.

Shams Charania reported recently on the scenarios of the format they plan to bring things back

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with and which one has gained the most traction?

The Chron’s Jonathan Feigen is saying It’s reportedly the 22-team format with a play-in tournament to determine the final seeding.

This would be like picking up right where they left off with a few games tacked on to ensure the guys get their legs from back under them.

I still prefer the 30-team format because all teams need to be included but I understand the other side of the argument as well.

There will be eight teams left off that had no chance of making the playoffs anyway, so I’d imagine they’d have 20 games or so before tuning-up for the tourney and then the playoffs once again.

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NBA GMs have expressed their desire to have a champion crowned and the season completed by Oct. 1.

We’ll have to see what happens but I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some Houston Rockets basketball!