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Next NBA season league could be approved in a proposal which decision is set to be made by the end of this week. According to the ESPN, the season would be restarted in Orlando but with only 22 teams instead of 30.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11, after a member of the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus.
Before beginning the playoffs, the new plan will confront 13 Western and 9 Eastern Conference teams in eight regular-season games and the top 8 teams of each conference will be a part of the 22 teams playing. This means 16 teams currently holding playoff spots and six extra teams who were within six games of the eighth seed when the season was suspended. So the eight teams with the league’s worst records can officially look forward to next year and toward an offseason by mid-to-late October.
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Under the new plan, the teams would have to be moving to train in Orlando by the end of July, and as a security measure, all the players will be tested for coronavirus every day. In case someone tests positive they will be removed and treated individually.
The league is reportedly targeting July 31 as a return date and could start with a short play-in tournament to figure out playoff seeding before the postseason tournament begins.
If there’s an NBA Finals Game 7, it could be held as late as October 12 and the season could resume at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida,
After nearly three months of inactivity, owners and players are tired of waiting and want to play.
So once the proposal became a reality, let’s game on!