Jeff Van Gundy predicts NBA will cancel rest of season
Kirk Herbstreit sent waves through college football when he predicted the upcoming season will be canceled due to coronavirus.
Now, NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy is sharing a similar assessment of the sport he covers.
Van Gundy is spot-on with his warning about another sick person. Can the NBA effectively test players, coaches, referees, etc. then keep them isolated? Until a vaccine is available, that’s practically essential. A single case of coronavirus would undermine the entire operation.
Holding games in one location would reduce risk. It wouldn’t eliminate risk.
I don’t share Van Gundy’s concern about next being impacted, though.
Next season will likely be impacted. Multiple future seasons could be impacted.
That’s worth the tradeoff.
The NBA is approaching its playoffs – the most lucrative and compelling portion of the season. It’d be a mistake to throw away the postseason just to keep future regular seasons on track.
After all, haven’t we spent the last year discussing declining interest in the regular season? A shorter regular season next season would be a perfectly acceptable tradeoff in order to hold this season’s playoffs. Heck, the NBA could shorten multiple upcoming regular seasons as it phases back toward a normal calendar.
Van Gundy is right to express caution about resuming play. The NBA shouldn’t restart anytime soon. But no matter when it’s safe to hold games again, the league should finish the season. Figure out future seasons from there.