Can Las Vegas Rescue The Utah Jazz Season?
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Can Las Vegas rescue the NBA season? It seems that maybe the league’s best hope of returning this summer to close out the 2019-20 NBA season. According to Chris Mannix of the Sports Illustrated, Sin City might be the perfect city to solve the league’s coronavirus crisis.
With roughly 15 regular-season games and the entire postseason remaining on the league’s docket, the NBA will likely have to find a way to finish the season on an abbreviated schedule that may include trimming the numbers of games played to close the regular season, as well as the length of each postseason series.
According to Mannix, the playoffs could feature a best of five series in both the opening round of the postseason and the Finals, while the conference quarter and semifinals could be a win or go home one-game matchup.
In the latest Jazz Notes Podcast, I broke down Las Vegas’ already stellar relationship with the NBA which features the league’s summer tournament every July, as well as some of the issues returning to the floor might pose for the NBA.
Also covered in the podcast, multiple Jazz players have tried their hand ad podcasting recently, including Joe Ingles and Georges Niang who now host podcasts for the team.
Ingles hosts the podcast “Ingles Insight” with his wife Renae, covering topics within the team as well as their world as parents in the NBA.
Niang’s podcast “Drive & Dish” features fellow Jazz players as he takes a deeper look into how they’re spending their time during the pandemic while diving into the players’ personal lives including hobbies and interests.
In the latest episode of Drive and Dish from @UtahJazz forward Georges Niang, Donovan Mitchell sits down to discuss:
• His coronavirus diagnosis
• That night in OKC
• What he's missed most
• The Office
And more. https://t.co/c517jmcuar
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Donovan Mitchell is preparing for his first-round matchup int he NBA’s 2k Tournament that kicks off Friday night on ESPN and ESPN2.
The tournament will feature 16 players including Mitchell playing in an elimination-style tournament, the winner will receive $100,000 to be donated to a charity of their choosing. Though the tournament begins Friday, Mitchell’s matchup with Japanese rookie Rui Hachimura won’t be played until Sunday morning.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 31, 2020
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