NBA Falling Apart

NBA Falling Apart

Felix Hillhouse, Writer

The NBA season has returned which has brought much excitement to NBA fans but has been tough for players. Players have come from either elongated offseasons or very short offseasons. This is bad news for either situation. The short offseasoners coming very promptly after the bubble are tired for good reason having a very short offseason while the long offseason people, even though they had more time to improve and get better are rusty not playing since last spring. This has left many games susceptible to blowouts and that’s why we’ve seen so many blowouts. With no fans in the arena players must be less motivated as there is no one cheering on their game as they play and hyping them up. Stadiums, even from your own tv, look like they are so empty of the usual excitement and just look different. They seem so dark and gloomy. 

The only thing keeping this season up is the excitement of seeing stars on new teams and the improvements of people’s favorite players. Although the situation has been tough, NBA players are hopefully adapting, lots of NBA players like Steph Curry didn’t have great starts but are beginning to pull it together and look great again. The rookies have adapted to this situation especially well, many of them making large impacts and the top picks looking more and more confident each game. Many teams have even improved from last season like the Bulls which has brought excitement to watch games again from an entire city. The Lakers surprisingly have transitioned to this season seamlessly while other powerhouses like the Nuggets or promising teams like the Wizards have not started out the way most expected them to. Hopefully, most of the negative factors of the season being strange will wear off with time.

The most glaring problem of this season though, and the root of  all these problems is covid. Covid is destroying our league. The regulations the NBA has put in place are strict but a good thing for the safety of the players. The only problem is these restrictions are very limiting. If a player has been in contact with someone who has had covid the player is ruled out this is what happened with star Kevin Durant. All these players are with each other. So, if one person gets covid the entire team has been in contact with the player so an entire team can be out for an extended period of time. Many games have been postponed this year already as the NBA rules state a team has to have at least 8 players laying to participate in a game and due to contact tracing players have been ruled out and not been able to participate even if they wanted to making more players available less. Then there are situations like Kyrie’s where he is out for a reason we do not know. Covid will obviously challenge this season and Silver has to adapt.