The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans, led respectively by ageless wonder LeBron James and rookie megastar Zion Williamson, are among the 22 teams that the NBA will send down to Orlando as a part of the league's restart. The NBA appears to be crossing their fingers and hoping the planets align to create a first-round playoff matchup that would be ratings gold.
One Eastern Conference executive claims that in a perfect world, LeBron's Lakers would get the No. 1 seed in the conference, and they would take on Zion's Pelicans as the No. 8 seed, with the same executive drawing a parallel to the time a young Michael Jordan took on Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in the 1986 playoffs.
Would it surprise anyone if they decided to essentially rig games if it meant that LeBron would start passing the torch to Zion under the watchful eyes of Mickey Mouse? Didn't think so.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant, the leader of a team that's currently the No. 8 seed, chuckled at the suggestion that the NBA would rig Grizzlies games so that they could manufacture a LeBron-Zion matchup in the postseason.
But what else are we supposed to think if this comes to fruition?