The New Orleans Pelicans may have little to gain and a lot to lose, which is why they should carefully consider heading to Disney World.
The New Orleans Pelicans would love to end their regular season with a trip to the playoffs, but they might not get the chance.
With rumors flying about a July start to the season, teams are now wondering how and if they will get a chance to participate.
If the season does resume, it will likely be at Walt Disney World in Florida, which is now the frontrunner over places like Las Vegas.
The league would like to involve all 30 teams, and complete a 70 game schedule, which could mean playing out the next 5-6 games, cherry picking the most important ones or even some type of play-in tournament for the final spots.
If the New Orleans Pelicans were to get a chance to play their remaining two games with each of the Kings, Grizzlies and Spurs, then it might be worth their while to go through a shortened training camp for chance at the playoffs.
If the New Orleans Pelicans aren’t going to get a shot at the 8th seed, then they should avoid Disney World and pack it up for the season.
This doesn’t even include the extra risk of playing basketball during a pandemic, not to mention the inconvenience, waste of resources and danger for staff presented by the coronavirus.
These risks might not be worth taking at all, but certainly are not worth it if the Pelicans aren’t even going to get a chance to earn a playoff spot.
If the league decides to allow the teams still in the hunt to play some meaningful games, then the New Orleans Pelicans should consider it, but if they are just going to be practice dummies for the playoff teams, then they should respectfully decline.
Players dream of going to Disney World after winning a title, but this may be one trip to Disney the New Orleans Pelicans want to avoid.