The NBA is officially “engaged in exploratory conversation with the Walt Disney Company” about hosting the remainder of the 2019-2020 NBA season “in late July” at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World, per NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass. The complex, which includes multiple courts, gyms, and hotels, would serve as a “campus” providing space for “games, practicing, and housing”.
There isn’t much clarity over whether the late July date would be resumption of practices for all teams or resumption of NBA play, nor whether the league would play out the remainder regular season or simply pick up the playoffs with seeding based on the standings from when the season was suspended upon Rudy Gobert’s diagnosis with Covid-19. Also unclear is procedure if any player was to test positive for the virus during the course of the “bubble” season, as well as how this impacts the timing and length of the 2020-2021 season.
If the league figures out a way to finish this season in a way that prioritizes health and safety, we’re going to be looking at one of the oddest and most interesting seasons in NBA history.
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