After much deliberation and debate, the National Basketball Association is set to return to the hardwood in Orlando with a 22-team, abbreviated regular season before the resumption of the postseason, as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.
The NBA's Board of Governors requires a three-fourths passage of the 30 teams on a plan, but there is an expectation among owners that they will fall into line and overwhelmingly approve the commissioner's recommendation, sources said. As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the last date for a possible NBA Finals Game 7 could be October 12.
Health and safety protocols were not detailed extensively but it is expected to be rigorous, according to Yahoo Sports.
Held at Disney World in Orlando, the 22-team return will include the 16 teams now in playoffs positions plus six additional teams.
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Further details of a potential play-in tournament following the regular season also came to light Wednesday. The six teams joining the 16 current post-season squads are New Orleans, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio and Washington. If the eighth and ninth teams were separated by more than four games, the eighth seed would advance to the playoffs.
Each of the 22 teams - the 16 current playoff teams plus the six teams now within six games of the 8-seed in their respective conferences - will play eight regular-season games at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to help determine playoff seeding, sources told Wojnarowski.
Charania's report gets into a few of the health measures that will be taken in Orlando, such as players not showering after games but doing so in their hotel rooms, and bench players being spread out not bunched together (easier to do without fans in courtside seats).