2020-21 NBA season

John Kelly

Born Gambler
Staff member
#1
Seven of the NBA's 30 teams will allow a reduced number of spectators when the season starts


Cleveland

Houston

Memphis

New Orleans

Orlando

Utah

Toronto (playing in Tampa)
 
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John Kelly

Born Gambler
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#3
Only a 72-game regular season.

Down from the usual 82 games.

The Lakers and Heat played in Game 6 of the NBA Finals about 70 days ago.

Teams that did not compete in the NBA bubble will be coming off a 280-day layoff.
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
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#4
A pair of games are set for Opening Night:

Golden State Warriors
Brooklyn Nets

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers


I see the Nets are -6.5 and the Lakers are -2 right now.
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
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#5
At the conclusion of the regular season but before the first round of the playoffs, the team with the 7th-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the 8th-highest winning percentage in a Play-In Game (the “Seven-Eight Game”). The winner of the Seven-Eight Game in each conference will earn the No. 7 seed.

The team with the 9th-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the 10th-highest winning percentage in the “Nine-Ten Game”. The loser of the Seven-Eight Game will host the winner of the Nine-Ten Game in a Play-In Game, and the winner of that game in each conference will earn the No. 8 seed.


Source: NBA.com
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
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#6
Nine coaching changes from last season.

Here are the new coaches:

Brooklyn Nets - Steve Nash

Chicago Bulls - Billy Donovan

Houston Rockets - Stephen Silas

Indiana Pacers - Nate Bjorkgren

Los Angeles Clippers - Tyronn Lue

New Orleans Pelicans - Stan Van Gundy

New York Knicks - Tom Thibodeau

Oklahoma City Thunder - Mark Daigneault

Philadelphia 76ers - Glenn Rivers
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
Staff member
#8
Thibs is 62.

Thought the Knicks or Nets might give Mark Jackson a second chance.

After all, Jackson famously played for the Knicks and St. John's after growing up in Brooklyn.
 
#10
ive always felt college coaches were better than nba coaches. You see people like Westphal and Dunlap get asses kicked in college. no nba coaches better than Stu Morril, Tony Bennett, Bobby Knight, Charlie Coles.
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
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#13
The Utah Jazz announced that they would allow a limited number of fans at their home games. According to KSTU, Vivint Arena will allow 1,500 fans in the suites and lower bowl. Fans must wear face coverings and social distance while inside the arena. KSTU reported that the arena would reduce capacity in elevators, retail stores, and restrooms.

Another NBA team that's allowing fans this season will be the Atlanta Hawks. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a small number of friends and family will attend the first few home games at State Farm Arena. Approximately 1,500 fans will be able to watch the Hawks game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

And according to the Memphis Grizzlies, the seating capacity at the FedExForum will be at about 20% capacity.


Source: ABC affiliate in Denver
 
#16
ive always felt college coaches were better than nba coaches. You see people like Westphal and Dunlap get asses kicked in college. no nba coaches better than Stu Morril, Tony Bennett, Bobby Knight, Charlie Coles.
How’s John Beilein these days? Tell Rick Pitino hello while you’re at it.
 
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FairWarning

Bells Beer Connoisseur
#29
ive always felt college coaches were better than nba coaches. You see people like Westphal and Dunlap get asses kicked in college. no nba coaches better than Stu Morril, Tony Bennett, Bobby Knight, Charlie Coles.
Every one of these coaches outside of maybe knight would fail miserably in the NBA.
 
#30
simple cure, if players dont do exactly what coach tells them to do, SUSPEND them without pay.
To be honest playoff basketball in the bubble most teams were up for it. Magic brought it against the Bucks, Heat series were great. Clippers-Dallas was intense. Lakers weren't playing around. I was surprised but fans are definitely a necessity as the season progresses.
 
#35
GMs are where it's at in the NBA. Not much a coach can really do, it's a job of blame taking and being willing to be the bad guy in making decisions. The talent development in the NBA is a combination of good assistant coaches and giving guys playing time. The head coaches don't seem to do much in that regard. Kind of remind me of governors, they have a lot of power and they always have decisions to make that are pretty basic, but they need to get most of them right.

College coaches are a whole different thing. How many of you have been to East Lansing or Lawrence? Neither are anyplace serious hoopsters would go to if not for the opportunity afforded to them by the coaches and the programs they run. Otherwise just places out in middle of nowhere where white folk go get educated.
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
Staff member
#37
Thirteen games on the Wednesday night slate.

A great time to take inventory of the league.

The NBA is getting younger every season.

The first month of the new NBA season plays a lot like a college basketball handicap.
 

FairWarning

Bells Beer Connoisseur
#38
GMs are where it's at in the NBA. Not much a coach can really do, it's a job of blame taking and being willing to be the bad guy in making decisions. The talent development in the NBA is a combination of good assistant coaches and giving guys playing time. The head coaches don't seem to do much in that regard. Kind of remind me of governors, they have a lot of power and they always have decisions to make that are pretty basic, but they need to get most of them right.

College coaches are a whole different thing. How many of you have been to East Lansing or Lawrence? Neither are anyplace serious hoopsters would go to if not for the opportunity afforded to them by the coaches and the programs they run. Otherwise just places out in middle of nowhere where white folk go get educated.
Sparty has a beautiful campus compared to Michigan (not that Michigan's is bad). It's actually in a great location, midway between Detroit and Grand Rapids. Wasteland is Mount Pleasant (CMU) and north.
 
#40
ive always felt college coaches were better than nba coaches. You see people like Westphal and Dunlap get asses kicked in college. no nba coaches better than Stu Morril, Tony Bennett, Bobby Knight, Charlie Coles.
This holds true in cfb. There are a handful of NBA coaches who are insanely talented and 25 others that are player managers only.
 
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