The NBA is BACK, and the Full Details That You Need to Know
The NBA Board of Governors have voted to approve the leagues 22-team format to restart the 2019-2020 NBA season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported today. Sources have stated the vote was 29-1 to approve, with the only team voting against it being the Portland Trail Blazers.
EDIT: Yahoo Sources: Portland preferred a 20-team return-to-play format, thus one of the reasons why they voted no to the 22-team format.
As this is a BIG STEP forward, Adam Silver stated, "While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalized with public health officials and medical experts. We also recognize that as we prepare to resume play, our society is reeling from recent tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we will continue to work closely with our teams and players to use our collective resources and influence to address these issues in very real and concrete ways."
13 Western Conference teams and 9 Eastern Conference teams will make up the 22-team format. They will play 8 regular season games, a possible play-in tournament for the 8th seed and the playoffs in Orlando, on the campus of Walt Disney World Resort. As usual, the top 8 teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences will make up the teams reporting to Orlando, as well as New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento and Phoenix from the Western Conference with Washington being the only Eastern Conference team included. The teams qualified to continue the season if they were within 6 games of eighth place in the two conferences.
These are the only teams that didn't make it:
The 8th and 9th place teams will make up the play-in tournament only if the 9th place team is within 4 games of the 8th place team. The 9th place team would have to win 2 games to go on into the playoffs, while the 8th place team only has to win once. Basically meaning, the 9th place team has to win both possible games back-to-back. Fair enough....
The NBA is planning to have uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney campus environment, sources told ESPN. If a player tests positive for the virus, the league's intent would be to remove that player from the team to quarantine and treat individually -- and continue to test other team members as they play on, sources said.
Dates to keep in mind:
Lets get this thing rolling!