The NBA’s board of governors is primed to ratify a proposal that would see the season recommence with 22 teams and all games to be played at Disney World.
According to ESPN, commissioner Adam Silver, in conjunction with the league’s advisory committee, has already relayed details of the plan to participating teams ahead of a scheduled conference call and vote on Thursday.
Teams are provisionally scheduled to begin training at the start of July before they all move to Orlando at the end of the month to ramp up their preparations.
The top 16 teams in the Eastern and Western conferences will be involved, while those clubs within six games of eighth place in the two conferences are also set to participate which, as things stand, would include the likes of New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs in the West and the Washington Wizards
Despite the excitement likely to be generated by the impending resumption, the safety of the players, coaches and on site staff will remain of paramount importance.
Social distancing protocols will remain in place but those on site will be permitted to play golf and eat at the numerous restaurants at the 25,000 acre resort which could also be used to host the remainder the MLS season.
There are plans for daily testing and any player who returns a positive test will be asked to enter into a period of quarantine.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11 after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.
While no official announcement has been made, meanwhile, it is almost certain that all matches will be played behind closed doors.
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