is going to Disney World. Multiple reports say that the NBA on Thursday will approve a plan to resume the pro basketball league's season at Disney's Wide World of Sports facility.Tomorrow, it will be official. The NBA
The plan would bring 22 of the league's teams to the Walt Disney World Resort to play eight regular season games to determine the 16 playoff teams and seedings, then proceed through the NBA Playoffs, which would last until October. Eight teams that were more than six games back from the final playoff spot in each conference at the time the league suspended its season in March will not make the trip to Orlando, meaning that their seasons are over. (Sorry to fans in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.)
So can you watch the games if you're planning a trip to Disney this summer? Sure... on your hotel room TV.
Games will be closed to the public, with only players, coaches, officials, broadcast crews and essential personnel allowed inside. Word is that the league will be housed in 2,000 rooms at the Coronado Springs, with players only allowed outside of the league's "bubble" to play golf or eat at outdoor restaurants.
So, maybe you might see some players at Disney Springs? If you do, don't try to get an autograph or selfie, though. On behalf of all the other fans who want to see these games get played, please respect social distancing.
Play would start in late July, following training camps in teams home cities before they head to Orlando. Everyone involved, including Disney cast members who come in contact with league personnel, would get tested daily for Covid-19, according to media reports. Anyone testing positive gets treated while their contacts - including teammates - go into quarantine. So it's possible that Covid might still disrupt the NBA season, should the league's plans not be able to keep everyone completely isolated from the virus.
I'm fascinated to see how a neutral-court playoffs would go, since there won't be fans in the stands and no one's sleeping at home before any games. But there won't be travel between games, either, which actually could leave players more refreshed than usual. And once this season wraps, what happens for the next season? Will the NBA move immediately into its traditional start at the end of October or give its finals teams some time off by delaying the 2020-21 season for a few extra weeks?
Tomorrow's announcement should provide additional detail.Tweet
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