Does NBA Champion Deserve An Asterisk?

Jun 2, 2020, 3:45 PM
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In the latest episode of the Jazz Notes Podcast, Ben Anderson and Sarah Todd impending return of the NBA. On Thursday, the NBA’s Board of Governors will vote on Commissioner Adam Silver’s plan to revive the season. By all reports, the league will crown a champion. However, with a shortened regular season, and a single site playoff venue, does the NBA champion deserve an asterisk?

Season Returning

The NBA season appears set to return on July 31. However, that date likely won’t be finalized until Thursday. On Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the latest the season hopes to run in case of a Finals Game Seven would be October 12.

Anderson and Todd shared their thoughts on what the close to the season might look like.

“It’s likely going to be somewhere between 20 and 22 teams that are going to be heading to Orlando,” Todd said.  “There likely won’t be regular-season games that are played. But, some sort of either group stage or play-in tournament before the playoffs start.”

Having 22 teams return would seeds 8-11 in each conference to compete for the final playoff spot. However, the NBA could opt to decide the final two playoff seeds through a play-in tournament.

Disney World

Tuesday morning, Yahoo Sports Keith Smith reported that the league was finalizing an agreement to play their games at Orlando’s Disney World Resorts.

Teams will be stationed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort during their stay. Furthermore, Disney’s property is home to several courts, including three broadcast-ready arenas.

“If they can get that done and get it running smoothly and keep players as healthy as possible. This will be one of the most impressive things I think the NBA has done,” Anderson said. “Considering they were the first league to shut down. It sounds like they’re gonna be the first league to officially announce they’re coming back.”

Does the NBA Champion Deserve an Asterisk?

Does this season’s NBA champion deserve an asterisk? Todd wrote about it in her latest article with the Deseret News. With an abbreviated regular season, and a single site playoff venue, some NBA fans pay believe an asterisk is deserved.

However, Todd argued it doesn’t truly matter.

“Whatever team wins the 2020 championship will be the team that went through all of this,” Todd said. “They went through the strangest playoffs that they’re ever going to have. They played with no fans, no home-court advantage, they’re going to have to got they have gone through a pandemic. Then, come back onto a single location and still win. And I think that’s more impressive than it is de-legitimizing.”

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