Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has a new book out, “The Big Picture: How Successful People Stay Focused On What Matters Most.” In the book, he provides some good advice, one of which being to have an accountability partner. He says that having someone you can go to when things are falling apart is key in avoiding feeling overwhelmed and sustaining success.
While the COVID-19 epidemic in the NBA is a serious and alarming issue, Doc Rivers, the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, concedes there is one bright spot in the situation.
Because to COVID-19, the NBA has found itself in a difficult situation in recent weeks. A majority of the league’s rosters have been destroyed due to health and safety regulations. Games are being postponed at an alarming pace once again, and those that do play have depleted lineups.
The league administration does not want another strike, and they are doing everything possible to avert one. A new regulation was recently implemented that allows clubs to use the hardship exception to sign more players to 10-day contracts. It’s a short-term cure that should keep them afloat until they go back to full health.
Obviously, no team wants to find itself in this scenario. Although these players supply more bodies, they are still a disadvantage. Having said that, there is a silver lining to these bad circumstances. Doc Rivers offered his take on the situation before the Sixers’ game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.
“These folks are in it for the long haul.” This is their chance to reclaim their place in the league and demonstrate their ability to compete. “It’ll be fascinating to see how many of these 10-day players hook on and stick with clubs until this is all through,” Rivers said.
With this reasoning process, the Sixers coach surely makes a solid case. It wouldn’t surprise me if clubs opt to keep people after watching how they played in their short return to action in a few weeks.
Sometimes all a player needs is an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. Although the timeframe is brief, this new regulation has provided a window of opportunity for a significant number of players vying for a position on an NBA team.
There are a slew of players who have spent years attempting to return to the NBA who suddenly get their shot. Isaiah Thomas, who is now on a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, is one of the more prominent instances. Thomas’ career was sidetracked by injuries at its prime, but the two-time All-Star is finally back in the NBA.
Tyler Johnson, who was just signed by the Sixers, is another guy who stands to benefit greatly from this chance. Last season, the 29-year-old was on a roster, and he might possibly be on his way to a new team.
Depending on how he performs in the following week, the Sixers may consider keeping him on for the rest of the season.
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There have been several instances of games exploding into the scene after being disregarded for years. These mass signings provide new players their first taste of the NBA while giving elderly players one more shot to keep their careers alive.
Teams are always looking for methods to enhance their margins. Newly-signed players are likely to be monitored by contending front offices.