As of week 12 in the NFL, there has been a significant spike in COVID-19 cases and teams like the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens are without key players. The NBA is going to have a similar plan come December, but what they really should do is learn from the mistakes of the current NFL season. It’s unacceptable for the NBA to hold playoffs and finals in a bubble back in July but have any other plan for the 2020–21 season, a season that will start amidst the holidays when COVID-19 is worse than ever before.
Last Monday, the NBA and the Boston Celtics came together to mourn the loss of Tommy Heinsohn, who died at 86. Tommy dedicated his entire professional career to the league, specifically the city of Boston, as a player, coach, and broadcaster — earning himself the title of Mr. Celtic.
Through the trials of the bubble, LeBron won his fourth championship with his third team as well as the Finals MVP just for thousands of basketball fans on Twitter to say that the 2020 NBA season came with an asterisk. But the bubble has always counted.