By Marc Lawrence — Each NBA team will have eight regular-season games to help finalize playoff seeding, with the first two games starting on July 30 as the Utah Jazz face off versus the New Orleans Pelicans followed by the LA Clippers versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Players and teams will have roughly two weeks to secure their playoff seeds while knocking off any rust ahead of the postseason. One of the 12 games that top the restarted regular season is Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors: the Bucks are 6 games clear of the Raptors in the East, but if Milwaukee wants to send an early message, it will get a chance to show that this year could be different. The “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is fully recovered from a knee injury that gave him some trouble prior to the suspension of the season. To review all 12 of the most important games click here.
The New York Post reports that Stephen A. Smith argued on “First Take” Tuesday that NBA players might not be able to last three weeks – let alone three months – without being able to have sex. “You really, really think somebody’s gonna be without their wives or their woman? The guys that are married without their wives, the guys that ain’t married without their woman. You really, really think they’re honoring a bubble for three months,” Smith asked. Under the NBA’s safety protocol, players aren’t allowed to bring a plus-one until after the first round in order to keep risks of a coronavirus outbreak to a minimum. Family members who are permitted after the first round will have to quarantine for three days in another part of Orlando before they can enter the NBA’s Walt Disney World bubble. Players are not prevented from leaving the campus, but they would have to quarantine upon returning, so it is not expected that they will do so. Howard Eskin of WIP in Philadelphia says that a majority of players will likely be sneaking out of the bubble and back in, especially with the Hard Rock in Tampa just a one-hour car ride away. As the bubble turns…
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: The LSU Tigers had more players selected in this year’s draft (14) than any team in the land – including the most in the first round (5). As a result, they become one of the hardest hit teams in losses, ranking No. 127 in overall Return Starter Production, while also losing OC Joe Brady to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers… not to mention positive-tested players.