In the last few days, it’s looked more and more possible that when the NBA does return to play that it would be doing so without all of its teams. The plan that seems to be popular at the moment would include 22 teams descending upon Orlando to play some regular season games, a potential play-in tournament, and then the playoffs.
However, there are some teams that would prefer all of the league’s teams to be there. Oklahoma Thunder owner Clay Bennett is one of them, according to sources, with him suggesting that it would be unfair for a number of reasons. The fact of the matter is that some of the worst teams are in those spots for a reason: they are smaller markets. Not allowing the players to play could make it more difficult on coaches to make long-term decisions on them is one of the main ideas being pushed. Even if the worst of the worst (those eight that weren’t going to be invited in the aforementioned 22-team plan) don’t get a shot at the playoffs, it would be a very symbolic thing that says ‘we’re back and truly in this thing together.’