The NBA has entered into exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about resuming its season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, in late July, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said Saturday.
“The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” Bass said
“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”
It remains unclear whether the NBA will play the remainder of its regular season or proceed directly to the playoffs. But the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with three arenas and ample hotel accommodations, would allow the league to restart play while limiting outside exposure.
Will the NBA Finish the Remaining Games of go Straight to Playoffs?
There were 10 games that were remaining before the completion of the regular season and discussion are on going to see to take the top 8 teams from each conference as it stands or to play out the remainder of the games.
Should the decision be made to take the current 8 teams from each conference, LA Clippers, Lakers, Denver Nuggets, OKC, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and the Memphis Grizzles will be the teams that will progress into the next stage of the play offs for the Western conference while in the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptos, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Paces, Sixers, Brookly Nets and Orlando Magic would qualify for the playoffs.
The teams that could find themselves missing out the playoffs non-surprisingly would the 2018 champions Golden State Warriors who are last on the Western Conference log, San Antonio Spurs from the West and 2016 champions Cleveland Caveliers, Chicago Bulls and the Hornets.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski NBA has a board of governors call set for next Friday, which is expected to provide additional details for teams on a timetable and plan to proceed with the season. Teams are expecting the league to instruct them to start recalling players to their markets around June 1.
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