In 1999, the NBA entered the season late due to a lockout which left teams playing only fifty games a piece. There was no All-Star Game. And at the end of it all, the San Antonio Spurs won their first NBA title. The first ABA team to do so.
But not every one thought that feat was monumental. Phil Jackson stated that the Spurs’ title should have an “asterisk” next to it because of the conditions under which the games were played.
This season, the Spurs faced ending their season without the annual trip into the playoffs, an achievement which has been consistent for twenty-two season and requires no asterisk.
Yesterday, after Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronoavirus, the NBA immediately suspended league play.
At this point, there is no timeline for the season to resume and it’s possible there will be no more games. Even though the Spurs were poised to miss the playoffs and nothing shy of a miracle would have saved them, the suspension of games will all but solidify that reality.
If the Spurs come back next season and resume their legendary postseason run, the 2019-2020 season will be but a blip on the timeline . . . a dot . . . a smudge . . . an asterisk?
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