I know it’s been over a year, but the one silver lining to the pandemic postponement of basketball just may have been giving the coaches the opportunity to dress down for games.
While watching the MLB playoffs, I chuckle at the thought of the Dodger’s manager David Roberts decked out in a three piece suit in the dugout. Or Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy pacing the sideline with a coat and tie.
Basketball was due for a small makeover and what an appropriate adjustment. The coaches look a little more relaxed in their franchise appropriate workout clothes. Even more, they look more a part of the game than ever.
Watching Pop with his sport coat and assistant coach Becky Hammon in heels always gave the impression they had somewhere more important to be and the game was holding them up. Now they look less like administrative liaisons to the team and more like a unified coaching staff.
Seeing them all makes sense to the point one wonders how it didn’t happen sooner.
For better or worse, the global pandemic stalled the 2019-2020 NBA season, consolidated the players in Orlando in hopes of keeping everyone healthy, and shortened the 2020-2021 season to adjust for lapses in time all the while doing everything to keep the sport of basketball going for players and fans alike.
It may be small potatoes to focus on one little change to the game, but tunnel vision was a side effect of being isolated in greater volume for those of who observe and report with regularity.
And personally, I think it is great that the NBA has kept this one little aspect of the alterations.
The NBA kicks off today!
The Spurs kick it off tomorrow.
Go Spurs Go!
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