“Nine Months is Too Long”: Excluded NBA Teams Unhappy with the Massive Off Season – EssentiallySports
On Thursday, Adam Silver revealed the NBA’s Board of Governors prepares to reboot the season. 22 teams will be traveling to Orlando as the season resumes on 31st July. The 22 teams will play eight regular-season games before the playoffs begin. However this implies that the other eight teams will lack competitive basketball for over 8 months as the new season will only begin on 1st December.
Thunder owner Clay Bennett has been promoting for the small-markets groups who are going to miss out on the NBA return. He said that if all 30 teams do not make it, the nine months gap would affect player development, sponsorships, and ticket sales too. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that “several teams neglected of Orlando resumption have proposed ideas to NBA for regional mini-summer leagues, training school.”
Teams left out of the NBA return upset over exclusion
Hawks owner Tony Ressler was singing about this. “Nine months is too long without arranged basketball,” he told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We simply can’t run the risk of that. I think the league has actually heard that loud and clear. We are pushing to remain competitive. That’s what our players want. We were desperate to have something that helps us to remain competitive.”
Practically all of the 8 teams have actually voiced out the requirement to have something arranged for them in August. Among the proposed ideas are workouts in July, regional camps in August along with a few televised games, and lastly arranged team activities (OTAs) for September. Another fascinating concept could be a playing competition for the lotto groups to determine the # 1 choice.
However, not only does the Board of Governors require to approve this but likewise the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association). A three-fourths bulk of all 30 teams is needed for any strategy to be approved. In spite of the left out groups like Hawks, Bulls and Cavs voicing their concerns, there is still a great deal of approval needed to see them in action.