From the very beginning, the 2019-20 NBA season had its challenges. Just days before the season was scheduled to kick-off, Daryl Morey famously posted in support of the Hong Kong protests. The controversy rattled the league, severing their relationship with China and costing them hundreds of millions in the process. A lot of players were caught in the crossfire of the situation — caught between standing up for democracy and making an enemy out of the biggest nations in the world.
In January, the NBA lost two of its most important and iconic people: David Stern and Kobe Bryant. The deaths, which happened just weeks apart, broke the hearts of everyone in the community and served as a major (and obviously justifiable) distraction.
And, of course, we can’t forget about our current crisis. Following fears that Rudy Gobert had COVID-19, the NBA postponed the season only to discover that many of their players, from all different teams, were positive with the virus.