Publish Date: 03/30/2020
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
Nothing is better than March madness, right? Now the question becomes, if we are all staying at home until May 1st, how will the NBA end their season if they can’t start up until late May or early June? I know this will sound crazy but why not a little March Madness in June, NBA style? Can you imagine the television ratings for a March Madness-style NBA tournament?
Let’s take a look at how something like this could play out.
I think this is assuming a lot, but hell, aren’t we assuming a ton to begin with? Players will apparently return to their practice facilities on May 8th for a 10-day training camp and on May 20th the teams will all start playing three exhibition games over a 10-day span to get in as good playing shape as they possibly can.
This hypothetical tournament will be seeded how it would have been if the season ended when the virus shut them down. The top seed in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks, will get a first-round bye and likewise, the Lakers will get a bye in the West. In the first round, the team with the better record will get a home game. The winner moves on and the losers season will end.
I am not predicting upsets, I am just picking the higher seed to win to give an example of how the tournament could work. The top two seeds in each conference will be the host team.
June 11th in Milwaukee Wisconsin
7 pm Miami Heat(4) vs. Indiana Pacers(5)
10 pm Orlando Magic(8) vs. Milwaukee Bucks(1)
7 pm Brooklyn Nets(7) vs. Toronto Raptors(2)
10 pm Philadelphia 76ers(6) vs. Boston Celtics(3)
7 pm Miami Heat(4) vs. Milwaukee Bucks(1) Winner to the Final 4
7 pm Boston Celtics(3) vs. Toronto Raptors(2) Winner to the Final 4
June 11th in Los Angeles
8 pm OKC Thunder(5) vs. Utah Jazz(4)
11 pm Memphis Grizzlies(8) vs. Los Angeles Lakers(1)
8 pm Houston Rockets(6) vs. Denver Nuggets(3)
11 pm Dallas Mavericks(7) vs. Los Angeles Clippers(2)
11 pm Utah Jazz(4) vs. Los Angeles Lakers(1) Winner to Final 4
11 pm Denver Nuggets(3) vs. Los Angeles Clippers(2) Winner to Final 4
The question is where to play the Final 4. Hands down Lucas Oil in Indianapolis, Indiana would be the ideal location! Imagine 60-70 thousand fans on hand to watch the four best teams in the NBA play back-to-back winner-take-all games?
6 pm Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks
9 pm Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
9 pm Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Once again I am not saying this is what should happen, I am just trying to give the NBA some alternatives that could be exciting for fans and players. If you have any ideas to spice this up, make sure you share them with me. I would love to hear them!