NBA leadership is trying to figure out a way to play the 2020 postseason after what could be a months-long hiatus, which has the league thinking outside the box.
How outside the box? The league has reportedly considered holding a 16-team, single-site playoff tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
That outrageous sentence comes to you this week from the New York Post’s Mark Berman, who cited a league source with knowledge of the NBA’s postseason emergency plans:
The obvious destination for a one-site event is UNLV in Las Vegas, which has hosted recent summer leagues with all 30 clubs. Hotels are plentiful. One destination reportedly discussed was the Bahamas. According to an NBA source, there’s also been internal talks about Orlando, Atlantic City, Hawaii and Louisville hosting the playoffs.
The tournament would only be held if the situation surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic improves to a point that the league feels safe playing games.
And to be perfectly clear, if a single-site tournament takes place, it will almost definitely be in Las Vegas.
But I need it to be in Atlantic City.
I need Nikola Jokic walking down Arctic Avenue, arms full of Italian hoagies from White House Sub Shop.
I need dozens of NBA players vibing to Jimmy Buffet in the Resorts Casino Margaritaville.
I need to see Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, walking the boardwalk in tandem, water ices in hand.
I need Jimmy Butler, awake at 4 a.m. with no practice facility, playing solo blackjack on an empty floor in the Hard Rock.
I need an epic, seven-game, historically entertaining NBA Finals battle between the Lakers and the Bucks to take place in Boardwalk Hall, recent home of the now-defunct Atlantic City Blackjacks.
Please, NBA, do the right thing. First, make sure the playoffs can be held without endangering anyone’s life before proceeding. And then put the games in Atlantic freakin’ City.
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