Nobody Noticing THIS About The NBA Suspension (Ft. LeBron, Harden, Sad Boi Days, & Awareness)
The NBA season has been suspended and this changes a lot for NBA stars, Harden, Kawhi, LeBron, Giannis, Russ, Zion, pretty much everyone, but no one is talking about it. #NBA #LeBron #Giannis
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Rudy Gobert really does deserve defensive player of the year. He shut the whole league down. In all seriousness, this is bigger than basketball so before I get into the potential impact of this, I wanted to take this time to talk a little bit about the Corona Virus and what we can do.
So with the season being suspended, there are a lot of uncertainties. No the season is not cancelled, it is on a break. At the current moment, the league is going to reconvene in 30 days to figure out what to do. There are a few possibilities being thrown out there. We might resume and go straight into the playoffs with the current records and standings. That would mean the Grizzlies would be the 8th seed and not the Pelicans, Dang it. I like you Ja, but Zion and Lonzo vs LeBron and the Lakers, come on now. The one certainty in this is that the NBA is on break for at least 30 days.
The one player that I actually see benefitting the most from this break is James Harden. Harden has played the most minutes in the regular season in the NBA for the past 5 years at 13731 minutes. He’s averaged 36.7 minutes per game and he’s only missed 18 games in the past 5 years, so less than 4 games a season. Yeah he’s been a tank, but he’s also had to carry a pretty heavy load. It’s the way the Rockets offense is designed. Now the playoffs haven’t always been Harden’s best friend. While we could debate the style of play and why it doesn’t work, but Harden at times has looked outta gas in the playoffs. In 2017, D’Antoni said that Harden was tired throughout the series against the Spurs in which he let a Kawhi-less Spurs beat him on his own home floor while playing lackadaisical (oof). A minimum of one month off means Harden gets a mini-offseason to rest up and be geared to finish off 20 more games right into the playoffs.
This also helps players with injuries like a Kyrie, KD, and Klay Thompson but more importantly players with nagging injuries get more time to rest. There’s one player that comes to mind and that’s Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi has continuously dealt with the same quad injury that he had on the Spurs over 2 years ago. During his championship run with the Raptors, he still was dealing with that injury. It’s why he load manages, to make sure his body is ready for the playoffs. One month off can help Kawhi get even more rest. The one downside is that there is no practice. Kawhi and PG barely practiced together so it might not be that big of a deal, but hey the robot likes his tune ups.
This break could really end up hurting LeBron. LeBron meticulously plans his year out so that he is in peak physical condition at the end of April, May, and June. My friend Sleepymish, a.k.a the guy who made the outro song made a really good point. LeBron tends to not play well from January to March. This happened with the Cavs in 2017 and 2018, right before we see playoff LeBron go in full beserk mode and bully the Raptors. It’s part of his process. Remember LeBron spends over a million dollars per year on his health, it’s down to a science. And when LeBron tried to activate Playoff mode early last year, it didn’t end up turning out too well.
The one player that I can see being the most upset is Giannis. Giannis has been playing low minutes at around 31 minutes a game for the entire season. To put this into perspective, Giannis has played 500 less minutes than Harden has this season and is 73rd in the league in total minutes players. This isn’t necessarily to just save Giannis, but because the Bucks were blowing teams out, they had the advantage of resting players for extended periods of time. That advantage disappears with this break. Also, this is the best time for the Bucks to make the finals before Kyrie and KD are fully healthy, and before Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown take another step. The Bucks were in a groove and this whole break can be enough to disrupt that. That and also the whole MVP race narrative going in LeBron’s favor right now, yeah this ain’t it.
With no injuries, it was really gonna be about which star players could carry their teams to the promised land because there are so many great matchups. Now with this break, more variables are thrown into the mix. I really just wanna see the NBA season return, but what do you think? What will the NBA do? If the season resumes, who’s gonna win the chip?