As the Charlotte Hornets’ season still seems to be over, could there still be a way for fans to see the team play?
Many fans know that the Charlotte Hornets’ season is currently over. The NBA selected twenty-two teams to finish the regular season in Orlando, Flordia. Charlotte was one of the eight teams that were not selected to go to Orlando.
The NBA is currently set to resume the season in late July. Teams will fight for secured playoff spots, and then 16 teams will continue on to the postseason. Due to the late start, the offseason will not start until October.
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While there is a long time until the non-Orlando teams can do anything, a majority of the teams have actually expressed interest in playing on a second campus. Currently, there has been a significant amount of support for this idea for training and televised games.
However, Sam Amick of The Athletic reported on Friday that a decision relating to this could not even be made until after the season starts back. It has also been reported that Atlanta, Cleveland, and Detroit have been some of the main teams leading the charge. The Knicks are unsure of this plan, as they have pending free agents heading into the offseason that may opt-out of their contract.
Furthermore, the National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, told The Athletic that she wasn’t sure if a plan like this could happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of now, potential spots that were named for the remaining teams were Las Vegas and Houston. So far, the Hornets have not expressed any interest or disinterest in this plan. In May, Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan advocated for player safety and was against playing meaningless games.
The league has been out of action since March 11th, and the Charlotte Hornets have not been able to do anything since the hiatus started. If this plan does not pick up any interest, the team could look at next playing in December.