As everyone knows, Covid-19 is a real issue, not only within the National Basketball Association, but sports and greater society in general. It has literally turned every industry on its’ head and is forcing everyone to adapt.
The NBA this week has seen mutiple games canceled due to the virus. What that means for basketball fans is another weird, unpredictable season, where from game to game fans and teams aren’t sure who will be able to suit up or if they will even have enough bodies to play the game at all. It’s an unfortunate situation for NBA standings, the playoff picture and fantasy basketball owners alike.
Even before Covid-19 reared it’s ugly head, NBA players were much more susceptible to missing random games for one reason or another. One could argue this trend started with Kawhi Leonard in his final season in San Antonio, after he recovered from a quad injury he sustained in the playoffs the year before when ZaZa Pachulia undercut him in a very questionable play. Ever since, players and coaches have been using one reason or another to justify holding star players out of games. It’s almost to the point where you really can’t count on any top tier player playing all 82 games in a season. This alone was a frustrating development for those who enjoy playing fantasy basketball. So what do you do as a fantasy basketball owner.
Well, for me, I’ve opted out of playing fantasy basketball altogether the last two season for this very reason. It’s too frustrating going through the process of drafting a team, getting excited for the start of the season and then seeing your best guys sit out games, not only for load management reasons but because someone on their team exposed the rest of the guys to Covid because they wanted to attend a birthday party or make it rain at the club. I don’t know how you poor bastards can do it. You have more patience than I do.
Hopefully when Covid-19 subsides (whenever that may be) and the vaccine starts to be administered to the greater population, we can get back to some semblance of normalcy when it comes to fantasy basketball. At least then, we only have to worry about the load management issue, which alone is enough to possibly make me sit on the sidelines and opt not to participate in fantasy basketball. But with both running rampant in the NBA, it’s not worth it for me to go through the hassle of trying to make the best out of an completely unmanageable situation.