The Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and the rest of the NBA have gathered in their respective cities (save for the Toronto Raptors, who got a head start out of Canada in Fort Myers) to prepare for the league’s resumption of play nearly fourth months after the coronavirus shut down basketball, along with most of America. Though the virus isn’t gone, the show will attempt to go on across the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where COVID-19 cases are rising by the day. Amid the ongoing chaos, what should fans expect from LA’s teams, and the Association at large, on the campus of Mickey Mouse’s Magic Kingdom.
On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin take a fresh look at the NBA’s restart. Our co-hosts begin by considering the promise and peril of the league getting back on the court in the coming weeks. Should the league feel good about how its reality is tracking with its meticulously crafted return-to-play plan? Or is there real reason to worry, with players bowing out and roughly five percent of the field testing positive for COVID-19 already?
Then, Eric and Josh examine the rosters that the Lakers and Clippers appear to be bringing with them to Orlando. With JR Smith likely to replace Avery Bradley in Purple and Gold, who should start at guard next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis? Is it Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s job to lose, or does Alex Caruso have a case to make? Could the Clippers’ league-best depth give them even more of an advantage under these circumstances?
Finally, our co-hosts go through the Lakers’ and Clippers’ schedule, game by game, to figure out how each will fare leading into the playoffs and how stiff (or not) the competition may be coming off an unprecedented hoops hiatus. Get ready for Mickey Madness with the latest #HollywoodHoops!
00:00 – NBA’s Bubble Already Bursting?
14:58 – Avery Bradley Out, Who’s In For Lakers?
29:20 – Lakers Schedule, Game by Game
46:43 – Clippers Schedule, Game by Game