Saturday, 30 May, 2020

National Basketball Association in 'exploratory' talks to restart season at Disney World

World of Sports NBA NBA restart rumors: Boston Celtics among teams asking league for players to report directly to bubble sites (report)
Cary Erickson | 24 May, 2020, 01:41

According to ESPN, the National Basketball Association is considering a step-by-step plan for a resumption of the 2019-2020 season that includes an initial two-week recall of players into team markets for a period of quarantine, one to two weeks of individual workouts at team facilities and a two-to-three week formal training camp.

The NBA suspended its season March 11, becoming the first of the USA major pro leagues to do so after it was revealed that All-Star centre Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19. But the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with its three arenas and ample hotel accommodations, would allow the league to restart play while limiting outside exposures.

The NBA had previously discussed using Las Vegas as another "bubble" site, where the league holds its annual Summer League.

More than half of the league's teams have re-opened their practice facilities this month under strict conditions and only in places where local and state governments have given them the green light. No official decision has yet been reached on when or how the league will eventually return to action, though Orlando's Walt Disney World has reportedly emerged as a clear front-runner as a site for said return.

Testing remains another concern.

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Report: Some NBA teams want to report straight to potential game sites

The regular season was halted abruptly after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive. It is not yet known how many teams will be involved in the resumed games, whether games will begin with the regular season or proceed directly to the playoffs, or what type of postseason format would be used.

While the league's 30 managers are being asked for their input, Charania also reports that the decision will ultimately be in the hands of commissioner Adam Silver, the Board of Governors, and the players.

Leagues around the world have started getting the OK from officials to return to play in June.

There have been 1.64m confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and more than 96,000 deaths.

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