The coronavirus has shut down the NBA, this much we’ve known for days. However, what we don’t yet know is the official timetable on when the league will return. Will they go straight to the postseason? Will the remaining regular-season games be played? Everything is up in the air right now.
Like millions throughout the United States, NBA players themselves are missing sports. But at least a few have come up with a way to pass the time. They’re simply watching their own highlights and the Twitter feeds are absolute gold.
The NBA might not return until June
On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that no gatherings of more than 50 people should take place for at least eight weeks. Under that timeline, the NBA could conceivably return in mid-May.
However, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA executives and owners believe that the best-case scenario would be for the league to resume in June, with no fans in attendance. At this point, three NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus and the league will certainly want to make sure that every player is safe to play.
Spencer Dinwiddie throws out a question to NBA players
In the week since the shutdown, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is trying to keep busy. Earlier this week, he proposed a 28-game, March Madness-style tournament for the NBA postseason, which was actually quite brilliant.
However, once that passed, he had to move onto the next thing, which was watching sports from the past. However, unlike most of us who are trying to get our fix by either watching something from ESPN’s 30 for 30 series (seriously, just drop the 10-part Chicago Bulls doc already), Dinwiddie can just put on highlights of himself. And why wouldn’t he? He was having the best year of his career this season, averaging 20.6 points per game for Brooklyn while KD and Kyrie get ready for next season.
So he threw out the question on Twitter to his fellow NBA players and some of the biggest names in the game said they were doing exactly the same thing.
Stephen Curry and other big names are watching their own highlights to pass the time
One of the first to jump in was two-time MVP and three-time champ, Stephen Curry. And there’s certainly plenty of highlights to run through there. He could watch for hours on end every day until the NBA returns and I’m not sure he’d still get through every good one.
Curry wasn’t the only one to respond. Two-time All-Star Bradley Beal, who was second in the league in scoring at 30.5 points per game when the league was shut down, also chimed in and wasn’t shy about saying how good he was.
Also watching his own highlights is Donovan Mitchell, who was the second NBA player to contract the coronavirus. Rookie of the Year candidate Ja Morant, the Kings’ Buddy Hield, and Philadelphia’s Josh Richardson also admitted they couldn’t help themselves.
At least NBA head coaches know that their players are getting some game film work in.