While the NBA awaits an uncertain future, the basketball world knows exactly how it will honor its past. The late Kobe Bryant is set to headline a stellar 2020 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, alongside fellow generational stars Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. With any luck, the league’s current season will be done by then—assuming the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign happens at all. Eric Pincus and Josh Martin get into all that and more in this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops.
Our co-hosts tip things off by sharing their favorite memories from the triangle of all-timers that the Black Mamba formed with the Big Ticket and the Big Fundamental. How does this class—which also includes two-time championship coach Rudy Tomjanovich and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings—stack up with the best in the Hoop Hall’s history?
Then, Eric and Josh consider some of the thorny issues facing the NBA as it looks toward a potential return. Will COVID-19 testing be easy enough, quick enough and widespread enough by the start of May, when Adam Silver is due to take a fresh look at the league’s resumption? What would it take for the NBA to create a coronavirus-free “bubble”? Would it be accepted by the public? How soon could they get started?
Our co-hosts then take a closer look at the pros and cons of a play-in tournament if pro basketball returns, before breaking down the particulars of financial proposals put forth by the owners and players to account for the league’s expected downturn in revenue. Will teams fight against a tournament if it’s presented?
00:00 – Kobe in the Hall
17:22 – NBA, Testing and Bubbles
40:08 – Play-In for Playoffs?
50:01 – Owners, Players and Escrows