The NBA is set to return in late-July with 22 teams vying for the final 16 playoff spots inside the Walt Disney World Bubble. As the world anxiously awaits the return of basketball, we may get even more than expected.
For the eight teams out of playoff contention, those players could go more than six months without playing against professional competition. To keep the players engaged in the sport of basketball, some teams are pushing for the other eight to create their own tournament.
Are you ready for “The Delete Eight”?
The tagline comes from The Athletic’s Sam Amick who reports that the Hawks, Cavs and Pistons are leading the charge to create this tournament in an atmosphere similar to the one at Walt Disney World where players could train and compete in televised games.
The frustration from most of these teams, sources say, is that the ones not in Orlando now face a competitive disadvantage going forward when it comes to player and culture development. But while many team officials are holding out hope that this might happen, and were even encouraged by the Thursday call (with NBA officials and members of the media), sources have also said all along that the NBPA might not agree to any such proposal.
There would once again be quite a few hoops to jump through, no pun intended. Some players have already announced they will not participate in the Walt Disney World Bubble for a chance to play in the playoffs. Why would other stars from the bad teams take the risk when there’s little to no reward?
There’s plenty of potential in this early proposal, but most are just for creating punchlines. There’s a chance, albeit very slim, that one day we will get to watch The Delete Eight.