NBA’s 2021 season is an Unforgettable Watch

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NBA action kicked off on Dec. 22, 2020. The photo shows the new look of the Brooklyn Nets.

Ryan Collins and Erick Lopez

The 2020-2021 NBA basketball season is in full swing and many teams are off to great success despite the effects of COVID-19 playing a big factor on the season. The Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers are currently leading their respective conferences.

But, there are many other things to discuss besides individual team success in the midst of this unique NBA season.

Several NBA teams are breaking the COVID-19 protocols which is a big change from when teams were sequestered into the 2020 NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, with daily testing. More specifically, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards is one of the many star players to be diagnosed with a positive test this season. 

What makes this even more surprising is that Bradley Beal managed to diagnose a couple more players in a game between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics where several players from Boston came into close contact with Bradley Beal. Including two of the league’s other top star players: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. 

Although COVID-19 cases have been popping up throughout the league with some of the league’s top players testing positive for COVID-19, the commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver, has no plans of pausing this season.

“The league wouldn’t jump the COVID-19 vaccine line in an attempt to finish its year,” said Silver.

Not only did teams like Boston and Washington struggle with COVID-19 issues but the Philadelphia 76ers suffered the most with seven of their main players being made inactive due to COVID-19 protocols.

Of these seven players, the most important players of this group included some of the league’s top players including: Ben Simmons, Joel Embid, and Tobias Harris, who are the best three players on Philly’s team.

Despite the 76ers not having a majority of their main players, they were still able to put on a good showing against a really tough Denver Nuggets team who is one of the top teams in their conference. The 76ers young 2020 draft pick Tyrese Maxey, was able to lead all scorers with a career-high 39 points off efficient shooting despite a 115-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Outside of the players COVID-19 issues in this COVID filled NBA season, many Godinez Fundamental High School NBA fans have fears on this COVID filled NBA season including:  Will the NBA be canceled due to COVID? 

“I do not think the NBA season will be canceled because I believe there are many safety restrictions in place and the league is doing a good job of contact tracing,” said senior, David Ramirez. 

Ramirez added, “However, lots of games are being postponed which is unfortunate, but I think it is for the safety of the league.”

With that being said, news around the league is the All Star Weekend this year will be brought back. 

In the beginning of the season, Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, did not have a plan for it. But at press time the All Star weekend will be held at State Farm Arena on March 7.