Austin Rivers dropped a bombshell on his recent Instagram live session. The Houston Rockets guard revealed the NBA is planning to return to action with a new plan. It will see them quarantine all 30 teams in Las Vegas and resume the season there. He said each team would get a couple of practice sessions
This is one of the propositions put forth by the league. The comment comes just days after a RocketsWire report claimed that the Rockets were preparing for a series against the Denver Nuggets. The Houston Rockets were 6th in the West when the league was suspended on the 11th of March. If the regular-season games were canceled their first-round conference playoff opponents would be the 3rd placed Denver Nuggets.
Rivers says the first couple of playoff rounds will be best of 3 fixtures. The rest which most probably means the conference finals and the NBA finals will revert to the standard best of 7 format.
In the session, he revealed the NBA is trying to secure 2 arenas in Vegas. One of them is the Thomas and Mack Center which hosted the 2007 NBA all-star game. Also, it played host to 13 Utah Jazz regular season fixtures in the 1983 and 1984 seasons. The arena also hosted the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1992 playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The loss of games and home area games will hit the franchise’s pockets. However, this would be a best-case scenario as it will ensure that they earn from the television revenue. It also ensures fans are happy as the on-court action will resume.
Franchise owners could certainly do with this. This is because they need to pay some of the players in full despite the league having force Majeure provisions. A group of players including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and many more signed “all you can get deals” ensuring that they will not lose money if games stand canceled beyond the fifteenth of April.
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