The NBA reportedly has a tentative plan for the 2020-21 season... and it includes a little bit of 2020, which wasn't exactly guaranteed. 72 games, starting December 22nd, and wrapping up by the 4th of July of all goes well. What's interesting about this? Well, for starters, it means the league isn't counting on fans to be in arenas, given the uncertainty around rising COVID-19 cases in the US, and the impending winter which many health experts worry could be very, very bad. It means the Toronto Raptors won't likely be playing in Toronto... basically because Canada won't let the other 29 franchises into their country. Sorry, Canada. That's our bad. But for Lakers fans, the most important questions surround LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and any ways a truncated offseason impacts them and who might be their running mates next year. Should the Lakers go for continuity to the greatest extent possible? Improve the team in and hope a new group develops quick chemistry? Worked this year, for sure. From there, Shaq is once again throwing petty shade at Dwight Howard. It's not a good look. And finally, no, Pat Riley was not disrespecting the Lakers with his "asterisk" comments. Programming note: We've now joined the BLEAV Podcast Network. Excited to be part of the team, and we're looking forward to growing the show there.