“Back in the proposal phase, the discussions were centered on how many teams would be invited or whether there would be a play-in game. Now, the details that are playing out in public are health protocols that carry far more weight.” Maybe the NBA’s Return Won’t Be As Easy As It Seemed. Do professional sports owe us the mental respite afforded by a return in any form? Or do they owe us the cold, hard truth that the pandemic is as dangerous as ever and acting normal can kill you? IDK.