It’s unclear when or even if the 2019-20 NBA playoffs will get underway.
It’s likely that whenever those playoffs begin, the Los Angeles Lakers will be the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Five-and-a-half games ahead of the next team, the LA Clippers, the Lakers have plenty of breathing room at the top of the West. Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings were in a three-way tie for ninth in the standings with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans before the season was halted.
With the trio being 3 1/2 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed, it would have taken a real hot streak down the final stretch of the season for Sacramento to snap an extended playoff drought.
On the latest edition of the “Road Trippin” podcast with Richard Jefferson, Lakers star LeBron James discussed the team’s potential opponents come playoff time, and he recognized the Kings’ combination of experience and youth.
"You know you got some experience on Sacramento,” James said. “You got some guys who have won a championship. You got Corey Joseph who won a championship before. They have any other championship guys?
“Harrison Barnes has won one in Golden State my first year when I played against Golden State. So they got some experience but they got a lot of young guys.”
If we do end up getting an NBA postseason, a matchup between Luke Walton and the team he used to both coach and play for could be pretty tantalizing.
Although if the season series is any indication, Sacramento might be in for trouble. LA won both matchups against the Kings before the coronavirus suspension, but the clubs did have two more games scheduled against each other in the regular season.
Many around the league have expressed interest in resuming the season at some point, but only time will tell as the country attempts to slow the spread of coronavirus.