Breaking Down the Rules for the NBA Restart and One Glaring Vulnerability (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

The NBA is hurtling toward a restart at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex on the campus of Disney World in Orlando. But with coronavirus cases spiking in Florida and across the United States, is the Association doing the right thing by trying to come back? Or will the push to preserve and restore the business of basketball blow up in everyone’s faces?

On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin dive deep into the NBA’s return-to-play plan, and its implications for teams, players, fans and the world at large. After reflecting on Father’s Day and Snoop Dogg’s tribute to Kobe Bryant at the 2020 ESPYs, our co-hosts consider the finer points of basketball’s path back to live action in Mickey Mouse’s backyard. There appears to be at least one glaring hole that could burst the league’s proposed “bubble.” Who has already opted out of playing in the middle of a pandemic? Who else might decline? And what impact could those decisions have on their respective squads?

Eric and Josh then preview the NBA’s pre-restart transaction window, including an overview of the rules. Which players might the Lakers and Clippers target? Who among their players on two-way contracts could get a call-up? What can the eight teams who aren’t part of the restart do to take advantage of this opening? And who else could the 22 teams participating do to bolster their rosters even after the window has closed?

Before closing out the show, our co-hosts critique the troubling optics of the NBA attempting to get going again in the middle of a COVID-19 hot zone, and what effect the league’s collapse in revenue could have on the business of basketball going into the 2020-21 season and beyond. As always, Hollywood Hoops leaves you with plenty to chew on.

00:00 – ESPY’s Tribute to Kobe, Bursting the Bubble
18:22 – NBA Players Opting out of Orlando
30:17 – Pre-Restart Transaction Window
45:01 – Bad Optics, Good Business?

Co-host of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Bleacher Report while serving as capologist for NBA TV and Basketball Insiders. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, @EricPincus.

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