Rockets: Why the NBA can’t afford to cancel the season

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Although there are many suggesting that the Houston Rockets’ season should be over, there are financial consequences the NBA would have if they were to cancel the season.

It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen the Houston Rockets touch the floor, as they haven’t played since March 10th. The Rockets would’ve been in the middle of a playoff run, which would’ve given us the ultimate litmus test on whether the small ball strategy was built for success. Being without sports would’ve caused many of us to go stir crazy, were it not for ESPN moving up their docu-series The Last Dance, although some people aren’t even watching that.

There have been conflicting reports regarding what happens next, whether the NBA resumes the season or whether the league will be cancelled. We’ve heard that the NBA could possibly resume in a bubble, which goes to show the lengths league commissioner Adam Silver is willing to go to get a semblance of basketball again.

But even the bubble idea has it’s challenges from a health and safety standpoint, which has led many to believe the best option moving forward is to cancel the season. We’ve heard that the NBA would need 15,000 COVID-19 tests in order to pull off the bubble idea, which won’t exactly be easy to pull off, to say the least. But the latest report as of Tuesday is that the players were asked if they want to resume play and that they confirmed their interest in resuming the season.

There’s also talk that if the league does end up crowning a champion, there would be an asterisk next to the title, which shouldn’t be the case. The circumstances are the same for every team, so why should a title be discounted or discredited for the team that’s able to prevail through the challenges?

But the NBA would face major financial challenges if they were to cancel the season, as former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale recently stated.

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