National Basketball Association players union director surprised over proposed 2020-21 start date


The NBA's plans for a resumption at the Disney World Resort in Orlando include a July 31 tip and October 12 as the final possible date for a Game 7 of the Finals - which would leave less than month of time off for players who participate in the Finals.

The Blazers preferred the 20-team return-to-play format, which would have put the top-20 teams into four groups of five for a round robin group stage to determine which teams advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The NBA is set to resume its season from the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

The NBA said it is developing a program with public health and infectious disease experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among players, including testing and safety protocols.

Pending approval of the players' union, which is expected to happen as soon as Friday, the Cavs' abbreviated season ends with a 19-46 record, worst in the East and second-worst overall.

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As has been noted by the Celtics Wire previously, this leaves in place the unlikely-but-possible chance that the first round draft pick owed the team by the Memphis Grizzlies could conceivably become a lottery pick. Considering how closely National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and union president Chris Paul worked together on the league's return, it is expected to be approved. If that were to occur, the eighth seed would enter a double-elimination tournament, which would be a more favorable scenario for them, as the ninth seed would be in a single-elimination tournament.

The NBA will utilize its standard 16-team playoff format that sees the top eight teams from each conference competing in four best-of-seven rounds to crown a champion.

Instead of going straight to the playoffs, everyone will play eight regular-season games, which will not only decide seeding in each conference, but also who will be the eighth seed in each conference.

According to Charania, the Portland Trail Blazers were the only team to vote against the commissioner's proposal. The actual training camps within the bubble will begin between July 9 and 11 but teams will arrive July 7 and begin a 14-day quarantine.

The playoffs will hold the same format as normal. Their plans are not guarantees: all the sports require close contact among multiple players and coaches, and skepticism remains that any sports league can predict a new schedule with confidence.