Two months after the helicopter crash that took him away from basketball fans around the world, it's now been released that Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame. Although it's incredibly sad that Bryant and his daughter are not here to accept the title, it's amazing that Bryant's skill and perseverance will be recognized by receiving the highest honer in the NBA. He absolutely deserves it.
Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant said, "We wish that he was here with us to celebrate but it's definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him, and there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class"
The other NBA inductees along with Bryant were Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings of the WNBA. There were also several coaches including Kim Mulkey of Baylor, Barbara Stevens of Bentley, Rudy Tomjanovich of Houston Rockets, Eddie Sutton of OSU and Arkansas and Patrick Baumann, an executive with the International Basketball Federation.
You bring up really good points. I didn't consider all the moving parts and people it takes just to prepare one single team or the amount of people that go into putting together a game. But I think it's a large enough corporation with an endless amount of money that's attempting to do it. They'd be losing so much money that I think they'll find a way to keep things going. I think that looks like playing without fans.
That aside, I also agree with you that the country will be in a much, much better place by that point.
The NFL draft will begin on it's regularly scheduled date of April 23rd, as per Commissioner Roger Goodell. Even though the draft won't be as extravagant as it usually is, it at least gives all of us NFL fans some normalcy and is something to look forward to. Goodell said in a statement that he sees no reason to push the draft date back as "public health conditions are highly uncertain" at this time. This means that the draft will continue on with changes to account for social-distancing and no large gatherings. Goodell also said that the draft would be scaled down to reflect the current conditions and televised accordingly.
That being said, this gives me great hope for the NFL season schedule. Obviously there's alot going on right now with coronavirus causing disruptions and the hold on most all sports, though what's still uncertain is if they (the NFL in particular) will continue on as regularly scheduled for the upcoming season. With this in mind i'm hopeful that the NFL will decide to start the preseason and regular season on time, whether with or without fans.
No matter how you cut it, the NFL is loosing a tremendous amount of money due to any delays and they desperately want to stay on track with the schedule. I think that if anything does happen it will not affect the actual schedule, it will be played with limited fans. I think they'll release a statement saying something along the lines that the people need sports right now, and I think that's the right way to go.
I believe this to be true for most all professional sports. NHL, MLB and especially golf can all do this. Golf is a rather easy one considering it isn't a contact sport and is played outside.
So good news here! The Olympics are not cancelled, just postponed a bit. I haven't seen an official date just yet, but they've been moved to 2021. I assume they'll be around the same time as they were planned for this year, but can't say for sure considering the odd situation. Hopefully they make it a bit earlier.
This is definitely the best move they could have made.
Another major update made in the agreement was players will no longer be suspended for testing positive for marijuana use. The prior rules used to be set up somewhat like this:
First positive: Substance abuse program
Second positive: 2-game ban
Third positive: Increase of game bans, running up to 10 games. Further positives may lead to expulsion from the league.
This new agreement takes away all suspensions and expulsions for positive marijuana tests. It also takes the drug testing time from 4 months, all the way down to just the 2-weeks of training camp pre-season. Though I'm not sure if the substance abuse program is still in effect.
This is a major step in the right direction, to me anyway. These guys put their bodies through torture. If this relieves some of their pain and/helps them relax during the off-season, it should be up to the players themselves. Especially if they live in legal states.
Nick Foles just got traded to the Bears. And Tom Brady is now a Buccaneer. Also Broncos are going to release Flacco and the Saints are signing Malcolm Jenkins.
I wonder what a Tom Brady lead Tampa Bay looks like. It would really be something if he takes the Bucs to a Super Bowl and wins it in his first year. Of course this is just me going off his past few years with the Patriots, but it'd be crazy to see. I also wonder why he chose that specific team. I thought I saw that he was going to Tennessee, so it's odd to see him go the opposite way.
It's also interesting to me that he decided to go to a different team rather than completing his legacy with the Patriots with a retirement. He has to know that the longer he plays, the more losses he's likely to gain. You'd think he would have just ended it on a high note with the Pats.
I've been trying to wrap my head around how exactly it will affect NBA hopefuls and what that looks like for the remainder of the season. Does this just put their season on hold, thus putting their chances of getting picked up on hold? This means everything will just go right back to normal once the season resumes. Or does this mean something else? I can't figure it out..
Dallasite Wrote: Yeah. I think everyone is just hoping we can operate at a quarantined standstill for about a month until summer starts to kinda begin. Have heard that when temperatures rise above 78-79 degrees that might mean the virus can't thrive and will start to die off. So every sport is saying roughly 30 days then re-evaluate. But I can see a minimum of 6-8 weeks for all of this. And of course untold millions, likely billions in the sports world economy completely lost, let alone the billions or is it possible trillions in the world economy at large lost from all the economic downturns and what will be lost over the next several months. And I think that assumes best case scenario.
I think the 30 day mark is around what to expect. I'm no expert, but I think what will happen is that the leagues will figure something out that will give them the go ahead to have games proceed without fans at the beginning. Once everything is under a bit more control, they will start to transition back to normal with fans as it were.
I think we'll see this happen first with the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL, then it will move it's way back to all other sports. They want the professional sports back at it asap.
Brutal wreck. Hard to watch it slide that far upside down, only for the car to catch on fire when it stopped.. not much to say other than I really hope he is okay. I can't imagine Hamlin feels too good about this win overall. Great on him on yet another win but with a 'big one' like that coming at the very end of the race you can't be thinking about much beyond hoping the people like Ryan Newman that were carted off to the hospital are ok.
Yeah, it's never ok to cheer for wrecks and whatnot at the races, but you know people do. I really hope everyone's OK. It's hard to imagine Newman being one of, if not the only one that had to go the hospital out of all that.
A 19-car pileup occurred with just 16 laps left in the Daytona 500. The wreck started with Joey Logano Pushing Aric Almirola, who then hit Brad Keselowski. Keselowski was then hit into the wall and started a nasty chain reaction.
Jimmie Johnson said, "That N0.22 car had been pretty aggressive all day long. I just felt like it was a matter of time before his pushes were a little much and it looks like that was the case here"
Ryan Newman was taken to the hospital just after the crash for injuries. Among the other drivers were Jimmie Johnson, Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin DillonMartin Truex Jr. and many others.
This was a pretty intense crash. It starts in the video at about the 50 second mark