It’s April 15th. The day has finally arrived. The Oklahoma City Thunder are primed and ready to take on the Dallas Mavericks on the road in a regular season finale that will determine playoff positioning for both teams. Prior to the season starting, few gave the Thunder a popsicle’s chance in hell at making the playoffs, and now they have a chance at home court advantage.
That’s not happening.
It’s been more than a month since the NBA was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the remainder of the 2019-20 season is up in the air.
Will the season resume? Will it be played out as planned? Will the playoffs start immediately? Who will be included in the playoffs? How will this effect the draft, next season, etc.?
So many questions remain unanswered, and the further we are removed from that dreadful night that postponed the season indefinitely, the harder it is to imagine a return.
For some teams, they could not care less. They were headed straight for the offseason anyway, and they are probably more interested to get to draft night anyway.
For other teams, they were destined for greatness. This was “their year.” They just KNEW they were going to win a title.
But what about the Thunder? What could have been?
This is one of the toughest questions for the team, media, fans, ANYBODY to answer. From the lowest of low expectations to perhaps the most fun team in the entire league, the Oklahoma City Thunder went from having a magical season full of crazy comebacks and developing stars to a sudden stop that halted everything, and now…well…what now?
With the world essentially on lockdown, the questions continue to pile up while answers are few and far between, but there is SOME hope that the season will return soon. President Trump is set to meet with a handful of people, including a number of authorities in the sports world, and who knows how that meeting will go or what conclusions will be drawn.
Regardless of what happens, the 2019-20 season will be one for the books, and it will certainly be one never forgotten. I truly hope that this team gets a chance to prove themselves in the playoffs, but until then, I guess the only thing I can do is dream and try to answer the question, “What could have been…?”
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