It’s been a whirlwind two weeks since the NBA shut down the season indefinitely. One of several teams affected, the Boston Celtics have been at the center of it all.
As we continue to see the days blend together and our streaming services are working overtime to cure our chronic boredom, the NBA season seems as far away as it’s ever been. The 2019-20 season–for the Boston Celtics and for everyone else–may have had it’s final tip-off if this national health emergency continues into the summer.
Already, we have seen the 2020 Olympics get postponed until 2021. There will be no Olympic trials and no likely Team USA Gold Medal victory this summer. Instead, the world will continue to wait on daily updates as to when normalcy can return.
Don’t expect that for at least the next month or two. Optimistically, NBA team owners want a mid-June return. That return could be before gatherings of large crowds are even allowed to congregate.
If fan-less games are how the league must return, then so be it. The potential loss in revenue for a cancelled season would be catastrophic for the league’s continued growth economically. Contracts could start to become smaller, and deals signed the last few summers–like Gordon Hayward‘s, which holds a $34 million option for 2020-21–will now look like borderline albatross’s.
That’s a big-picture way to view the current state of NBA affairs. Amidst the pandemic, the Houdini is here to offer several pressing (and in some cases lighthearted) pieces of Boston Celtics information: