June 4 (UPI) — The NBA’s board of governors voted Thursday to approve a 22-team format to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Fla., the league introduced.
League sources instructed ESPN that groups accredited the plan by a 29-1 margin, with the Portland Path Blazers voting towards the proposal.
The Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation has been working carefully with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and league officers on the return-to-play plan, and the NBPA’s staff participant representatives have a convention name scheduled for Friday to approve the proposal, in accordance to ESPN.
The NBA additionally stated the season resuming is contingent on an settlement with The Walt Disney Firm to use the Walt Disney Resort as a single web site for all video games, practices and housing for the rest of the season.
“The Board’s approval of the restart format is a crucial step ahead resuming the NBA season,” Silver stated in a press release. “Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we’re hopeful of ending the season in a secure and accountable method based mostly on strict protocols now being finalized with public well being officers and medical specialists.
“We additionally acknowledge that as we put together to resume play, our society is reeling from current tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we’ll proceed to work carefully with our groups and gamers to use our collective assets and affect to deal with these points in very actual and concrete methods.”
Underneath the proposal, 13 Western Convention groups and 9 Jap Convention groups will play eight regular-season “seeding” video games, a possible play-in match for the eighth seeds in every convention and the postseason on the Walt Disney World Resort.
The highest 16 groups within the West and the East will likely be joined by groups presently inside six video games of the eighth seed within the two conferences — the New Orleans Pelicans, Path Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.
The play-in match will embrace the No. eight and No. 9 groups within the standings, if the ninth seed ends the common season inside 4 video games of the eighth spot. If a play-in collection happens, it might basically be a best-of-two matchup, the place the No. 9 seed would have to win twice to earn the ultimate playoff berth, whereas the No. eight seed would want to win as soon as.
Groups will begin coaching in Orlando starting July 9-11, in accordance to ESPN. Underneath the plan, the season would resume on the finish of July and the NBA Finals would happen in October.
The NBA additionally supplied dates past the beginning and finish of this season, with the draft lottery scheduled for Aug. 25, the NBA Draft on Oct. 15 and the 2020-21 season probably beginning Dec. 1.
The league could have day by day testing for the coronavirus on the Disney campus. If a participant checks constructive for the virus, the league would take away that particular person from the staff to quarantine and proceed to play.
The NBA suspended its season in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.