Although the Houston Rockets haven’t played a game since March 10th, here’s why Rockets fans may have to wait even longer than expected for the season to resume.
The NBA decided to suspend the season indefinitely as of Wednesday, March 11th, which was unprecedented. NBA commissioner announced the league would be without play for a minimum of 30 days, which wasn’t necessarily pleasant to hear for Houston Rockets fans.
Rockets’ fans have been in mourning over being unable to watch the Rockets play, as they’ve not had a game since March 10th, when they had a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In fact, the Rockets were able to end their four-game losing streak against Minnesota, which was a welcome sight.
Although this was a positive moment for Rockets’ fans, the news on the NBA front is not as positive.
CDC recommendation of no events of 50-plus people for next two months comes as a number of NBA owners and executives increasingly believe a best case scenario is a mid-to-late June return to play — with no fans. League's scouting for possible arena dates all the way thru August.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 15, 2020
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, many executives believe the NBA isn’t expected to resume play until mid-June at the earliest, which is much later than what was initially expected. This brings about legitimate questions on whether the league will ultimately resume play or if the season will be cancelled altogether.
Granted, we would all agree that the health and safety of the players is far more important than the viewing pleasure of the fans, but it certainly is disappointing for Houston Rockets fans to have to go another three months without being able to watch the Rockets play.
It would be even more disappointing to have to see the season cancelled altogether, as the Rockets have had quite the season and appear to be battle-tested as the regular season began to transition into the postseason. But we should at least prepare ourselves for the possibility of that, as it becomes more and more difficult to envision the 2019-20 season resuming.
As of now, the best case appears to be mid-June, but don’t be surprised if it extends beyond that date.