The date is June 26th, daily COVID cases are rising day after day in Florida, and the state has reversed course in its reopening plan. All the while,as of today the NBA is still pushing forward with their bubble season, and some epidemiologists have made the argument that players and coaches will be safer in the bubble rather than back at home. While that is an argument more well-suited for the public health experts, I thought it would be useful to remind everyone of what actually happened in the blissful pre-COVID era, and look forward to what is shaping up to be a very competitive race for the Finals.
- Carmelo Anthony is a member of the Portland TrailBlazers! For now, he said as recently as two weeks ago that his status was still “up in the air.”
- Andre Iguodala was traded to the Heat in February! Remember when we spent our time & energy criticizing him because he wouldn’t play for the Grizzlies? A simpler time.
- Markieff Morris & Dion Waiters are on Lakers. This is IN ADDITION to JR Smith, who worked out for LA recently. Avery Bradley’s decision not to join the team has made this a much larger point of discussion for the Lakers, as a combination of Waiters and Smith will most likely be getting significant minutes, especially if more players contract the virus. Another curveball 2020 has thrown us.
- Reggie Jackson is on Clippers, who quietly still have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Lakers have gotten all the championship buzz because of Lebron, but many NBA experts, including Zach Lowe, have pegged Clippers as their favorite to take home the Larry O’Brien trophy.
- The Thunder are 40 – 24. This isn’t a roster move, just a reminder that a team led by a 35 year-old Chris Paul, who is on the top of his game right now.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is on the Mavericks.