Bench Players Can Now Play on the National Basketball Court
By Andy Dong
Are you a professional basketball fan? The Mystics, Bulls, Lakers. Do you like them all? Then there should be a lot of games for you to see in the next month.
The WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) started its season last week. The WNBA has changed its season schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of playing its usual 34-game season, they choose to play a 22 game schedule instead. All of the games will be played without fans at a bubble location at Bradenton, Florida, to protect players from the coronavirus. Bubble, in this case, means no visitors. The Washington Mystics are currently holding the WNBA champions title. But the team is missing some players, so they might not defend the title they are holding. Veteran point guard Natasha Cloud will not be playing this season so she can focus on social justice meanings. Elena Delle Donne, Tina Charles, and LaToya Sanders are also not going to play this season because of health concerns. Even though the Mystics are missing players, they are still a competitive team. In their first two games, Washington beat the Indiana Fever, 101-76, and the Connecticut Sun, 94-89.
The NBA (Men’s National Basketball Association comes back to action this week with 22 teams competing to determine the 16 teams that will play in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Like the WNBA, the NBA teams are also going to be playing their games at three bubble locations near Orlando, Florida. Like the Mystics, the Wizards are also missing some of their payers. Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans will not be playing due to concerns about the coronavirus. According to washingtonpost.com, “the important point is that you must be ready and play your best when you get your chance. Delle Donne, Cloud and Sanders played nearly 2,800 combined minutes during the 2019 season.” Since they can’t play, bench players are given a chance.