Adding to the NBA’s list of players either testing positive or opting out, Houston Rockets superstar Russell Westbrook announces he has tested positive for the coronavirus .
Well Russell Westbrook has confirmed he’s tested positive for coronavirus, James Harden is being held back for an undisclosed reason, and already the Rockets post season aspirations are up in the air. With many teams having key players either opt out, or testing positive, and the Brooklyn Nets essentially putting out a D-League team at this point I’m ready to be out on the NBA Playoffs.
If teams are going to either play without their best rotations, or have guys rushing back after weeks in quarantine it begs the question of why bother? The championship will be tainted, and every team that doesn’t win has an ingrained excuse as to why they didn’t.
Homecourt advantage…gone, certainty about rosters/player availability…gone. The players already seem lukewarm at best about leaving their families, about the real safety of the bubble…I mean even blankets are an issue. If were going to see teams at less than their best, I’d rather just watch a J.R. Smith livestream for the next three months.
Now I know Houston is totally ok with tainted championships, but would you really want to win this year? If Westbrook or Harden do miss time and it impacts the way the season ends are you as a fan good with that? At a certain point it becomes a no-win situation and the NBA has reached that point. If teams win they didn’t beat the best, and if they lose it was because they had to play impeded by the impacts of the virus.
For those of you just desperate for sports. And wanting any type of distraction I get it. Unfortunately an inferior product, an early exit or bragging that your team managed to be the least infected are all going to prove to make this a disappointing conclusion to a disappointing season. The NBA brought to you by Remdesivir, it’s FAN-tastic!