Opinion: NBA's tweaked protocols a more realistic solution than pausing season or resuming in a bubble


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt examines the latest example of the NBA being a league that encourages its players and coaches to speak up and use their platform, this time in the aftermath of the riots at the Capitol building.


The NBA teams’ depth charts have fluctuated as erratically as the stock market.

Amid positive coronavirus tests and subsequent contract tracing, the NBA has postponed six games only three weeks into the season. And with the NBA trying to play games around the country in the middle of a pandemic, it seems inevitable more games will become postponed and more rosters will become diminished.

As sobering as it might be for NBA teams to navigate those challenges while trying to avoid becoming infected with the virus, there are two other alternatives that appear more startling.

That the NBA would try to resume its season on a quarantined campus just as it did last summer.

“You continue to give me PTSD every time you ask me about the bubble,” Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James playfully told a reporter. “I start shaking and thinking about 96 straight nights in the place.”

Or that the NBA would stop the…

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